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Solomon Mahlangu College of Science and Education (SMCoSE)
Department of Geography and Environmental Studies Staff
Solomon Mahlangu Campus

Dr. I.C.Mjemah

Full Name

Ibrahimu Chikira Mjemah (PhD)


Senior Lecturer

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·         Post doctorate (PhD-Plus) - University of Ghent, Belgium.

·         PGD - Hydraulics Research Institute, Egypt

·         PhD - University of Ghent, Belgium

·         MSc Royal Institute of Technology, KTH, Sweden

·         BSc University of Dar es Salaam

Research Interest

His research interests are in the fields of hydrogeology, hydrogeochemistry, Applied Geology, Environmental Engineering, waste management technology, and Hydraulic Engineering in River Basins.

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1.                  Jean-Christophe Comte,  Rachel Cassidy, Joy Obando, Nicholas Robins, Kassim Ibrahim, Simon Melchioly, Ibrahimu Mjemah, Halimu Shauri, Anli Bourhane, Ibrahim Mohamed, Christine Noe, Beatrice Mwega, Mary Makokha, Jean-Lambert Join, Olivier Banton, Jeffrey Davies,.2016. Challenges in groundwater resource management in coastal aquifers of East Africa: Investigations and lessons learnt in the Comoros Islands, Kenya and Tanzania. Journal of Hydrology. Regional Studies 5, Pp.179-199.

2.                  K.R. Mussa and I.C. Mjemah, 2015. Indigenous Knowledge Systems for Climate Change Detection and Adaption Planning in Mountainous Areas in Tanzania. Journal of Resources Development and Management. Volume 13, Pp. 90-98.

3.                  Ibrahimu Chikira Mjemah and Kristine Walraevens, 2015. Hydrogeological mapping and estimation of potential evapotranspiration and recharge rate of Quaternary sand aquifers in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania. International Journal of Geomatics and Geosciences 6, (2). Pp. 1539-1555.

4.                  MTONI, Yohana, MJEMAH, Ibrahimu Chikira, MARTENS, Kristine, BAKUNDUKIZE, Charles, MTONI, Paul Enock  & WALRAEVENS, Kristine. 2015.  Estimation of depth to fresh-salt water interface and its implications for sustainable groundwater resource management: A case study of the Coastal strip of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Springer, Environ Earth Sci 73 (10):pp.6639–6662.

5.                  Kristine Walraevens, Ibrahimu Chikira Mjemah, Yohana Mtoni, Marc Van Camp. 2015. Sources of salinity and urban pollution in the Quaternary sand aquifers of Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania. Elsevier, J. of African Earth Sci., doi:10.1016/j.jafrearsci.2014.11.003  102 pp.149-165.

6.                  Marc Van Camp, Yohana MTONI, Ibrahimu C. MJEMAH, Charles BAKUNDUKIZE, Kristine WALRAEVENS, 2014. Investigating seawater intrusion due to groundwater pumping with schematic model simulations: The example of the Dar es Salaam coastal aquifer in Tanzania. Elsevier, J. of African Earth Sci. 96, pp.71–78.

7.                  MTONI, Yohana, MJEMAH, Ibrahimu Chikira, BAKUNDUKIZE, Charles, VAN CAMP, Marc, MARTENS, Kristine and WALRAEVENS, Kristine 2013. Saltwater intrusion and nitrate pollution in the coastal aquifer of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Springer, Environ Earth Sci. 70 (3) pp. 1091-1111.

8.                  E.I. Okoyeh, B.C.E. Egboka, O.L. Anike, E.K. Enekwechi and I.C. Mjemah. 2013. Climate Change and Harsh Weather Conditions in Developing Countries: Implications on Water Resources, Public Health and Food Security. Intl. J. of Scientific & Engineering. Research, 4, (6) pp. 2656-2666.

9.                  Marc Van Camp, Ibrahimu Chikira Mjemah, Kristine Walraevens. 2013. Modelling approaches and strategies for data-scarce aquifers; example of the Dar es Salaam aquifer in Tanzania. Hydrogeology Journal 21 (2), pp. 341–356. DOI: 10.1007/s10040-012-0908-5.

10.              Kassim Ramadhani Mussa, Ibrahimu Chikira Mjemah, Emmanuel Timothy Malisa, 2012. The role of development projects in strengthening community-based adaptation strategies: The case of Uluguru Mountains Agricultural Development Project (UMADEP), Morogoro, Tanzania. International Journal of Agricultural Sciences, 2 (6), pp. 157165.

11.              MTONI, Yohana, MJEMAH, Ibrahimu Chikira, MSINDAI, Kristoko, VAN CAMP, Marc & WALRAEVENS, Kristine 2012. Saltwater Intrusion threat in the Quaternary Aquifers of the Dar es Salaam Region, Tanzania. Geologica Belgica Journal, 15 (1-2), pp. 1626.

12.              Mtoni, Y., Mjemah, I.C., Van Camp, M. and Walraevens, K. 2011. Enhancing Protection of Dar es Salaam Quaternary Aquifer: Groundwater Recharge Assessment. Springer, Environ Earth Sci. Advances in Research of Aquatic Environment, 1 pp. 299-306. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-19902-8.

13.              Irene KIBONA, Stelyus L. MKOMA, Ibrahimu C. MJEMAH, 2011. Nitrate pollution of Neogene alluvium aquifer in Morogoro Municipality, Tanzania. Int. J. Biol. Chem. Sci., 5 (1), pp.171179.

14.              Stelyus L. Mkoma, Ibrahimu C. Mjemah, 2011. Influence of Meteorology on Ambient Air Quality in Morogoro, Tanzania. Int. J. Env. Sci. 1 (6), pp.11071115.

15.              Ibrahimu Chikira Mjemah, Marc Van Camp, Kristine Martens, Kristine Walraevens, 2011. Groundwater exploitation and recharge rate estimation of a quaternary sand aquifer in Dar-es-Salaam area, Tanzania. Springer, Environ Earth Sci. 63 (3), pp. 559569. DOI: 10.1007/s12665-010-0723-z.

16.              I. C.  Mjemah, R.R.A.M. Mato, R. Thunvik, 2010. Groundwater vulnerability and risks to petroleum hydrocarbons pollution of quaternary sand aquifer in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The Journal of Building and Land Development. 17 (1&2), pp. 7490

17.              Ibrahimu Chikira Mjemah, Marc Van Camp, Kristine Walraevens, 2009. Groundwater exploitation and hydraulic parameter estimation for a Quaternary aquifer in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania. Elsevier, Journal of African Earth Sciences, 55 pp.134–146. DOI:10.1016/j.jafrearsci.2009.03.009.

18.              Shams, S. and Ibrahimu, C. 2003. Household waste recovery and recycling: a case study of Kigoma-Ujiji, Tanzania’, Int. J. Environment and Sustainable Development, 2 (4), pp.412–424.

Books/ Chapters



December 2015 – January 2017: Currently, I am involved in the consultancy as Hydro-geologist and Environmental Engineer titled: Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) and developing Resettlement Action Plan (RAP) for Three Water Resources Development Projects in Bungoma County, Kenya, Kabuyanda dam in Isingiro District, Uganda, and Ruviyonza dam in Burundi”, It was done under the consortium of Toppenwassser Consulting Professionals (TCP) of Malawi and Bureau for Agricultural Consultancy (BACAS) of SUA, Tanzania. It is a World Bank funded project

January 2015 - December 2015 Currently, I am Involved in the project work  as  Hydrogeologist for the Consultancy Service for Assessment of Water Quality, Water Quality Mapping and Preparation of Monitoring Programme of Rufiji Basin, Ministry of Water through Rufiji Basin Water Board (Client).

April 2014 Involved in the consultancy service as a Hydrogeologist in the Investigation of Hydorology and Hydrogeology of the area where Puma proposes to install a Petrol Station in Iringa Town, Tanzania.

April 2014: Involved in the consultancy service as a Trainer in the Groundwater Training of Basin Water Officers organized by Rufiji Basin Water Board Carried out by Environmental Heritage Company Limited based in Dar es Salaam.

April 2012 – July 2013: Consultancy services as Senior Hydrogeologist for the Preparation of Integrated Water Resources Management and Development Plans for Pangani, Lake Tanganyika, and Lake Nyasa Basins carried out by SMEC International Pty Ltd funded by the World Bank through Ministry of Water (the “Client”).

July 2012: Short course Training of Dodoma Municipal Council (DMC) staff on “Management of Infrastructure Viz A Viz Monitoring Indicators of Environmental and Social Management Plans (Esmps)” as Course Facilitator sponsored by the Prime Minister’s Office Regional Administration and Local Government (PMO-RALG) through the project titled ‘Tanzania Strategic Cities’ (TSCP).

April 2012 – October 2012: Consulting Services for Development of a Basin-wide IWRM-Based Development Plan for the Kagera Basin, funded by the Nile Equatorial Lakes Subsidiary Action Plan (NELSAP) of the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) and it is carried out by Aurecon AMEI Ltd of South Africa in association with WEMA Consult Ltd of Tanzania

April 2012 – August 2012: Senior Hydrogeologist for Groundwater Assessment under the Feasibility Study on the Makonde Water Supply Scheme, Tanzania, funded by GIZ and it is carried out under consortium of GITEC Consult GmbH, GfA Consult GmbH of Germany and NETWAS Consult (T) Ltd of Tanzania.

January 2012: Short course Training of LGAs staff on Monitoring and evaluation in Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and Environmental Management Plans (EMPS) as Course Coordinator sponsored by the Prime Minister’s Office Regional Administration and Local Government (PMO-RALG) through the project titled ‘Tanzania Strategic Cities’ (TSCP).

June 2011:      The work involvedSource Water Vulnerability Assessment (SVA)” for Bonite Bottlers LTD’s Wellfield under the Coca-Cola Water Resource Sustainability Standard (BP-RQ-185). Sub-contracted by Global Corporate Consultancy І AnteaTM Group, USA.

August 2010 – April 2011:    Deputy Team Leader and Groundwater Modeller in the consultant work on Groundwater Assessment of the Pangani River Basin. Funded by EU, GEF and UNDP through IUCN. It was done under the consortium of GITEC Consult GmbH of Duesseldorf, Germany and WEMA Consult (T) Ltd. of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

October 1999 – February 2000: Participated in consultancy work carried out by the Department of Environmental Engineering (UCLAS). The task involved Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) at Mbezi-juu Salasala DSM, Tanzania.


September 2014 – December 2016 (Phase II): I am involved in the research as Hydrogeologist titled: Sustainability of groundwater Exploitation in the changing environment: The Project is supported by VLIR-UOS under North- South-South Cooperation Programme (NSSCP).  The project involves partners of Ethiopia, Tanzania and Burundi, as is as such focusing on East (to neighbouring Central) Africa. The leading partner is the Laboratory for Applied Geology and Hydrogeology, Ghent University, Belgium.

July 2013 – June 2014: I am involved in the research as Hydrogeologist titled: “Towards Groundwater Security in Coastal East Africa” under UPGro 2012 Catalyst Grants of United Kingdom. The research involves the expert from the following institutions: Kenyatta University, Kenya; Queen’s University, Belfast; Pwani University College, Kenya; Sokoine University of Agriculture, Tanzania; University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; Université des Comores, Comoros Islands; Laboratoire Géosciences Reunion, La Reunion Island, France; Laboratoire d’Hydrogéologie d’Avignon, France and British Geological Survey, UK

May 2013 – May 2015: I am involved in the research as co-promoter titled: “Increasing teaching and research capacities on geological processes, resources and hazard management in the Northern Tanzania Volcanic Zone”. Supported by VLIR-UOS under South Initiative Program (SIP). This research will be done under collaboration of 4 Tanzania public Institutions i.e. SUA, UDOM, MRI, GST and 2 Belgium Institutions i.e. Free University of Brussels and Ghent University.

July 2009 to 2013: I am involved in a number of researches as Principal Investigator which include: Groundwater Characterisation of a Coastal Aquifer in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania (Supported by VLIR-UOS under Research Initiative Program (RIP)) 

May 2002 – December 2002: Assessed groundwater vulnerability to petroleum hydrocarbons pollution in Dar es Salaam City, Tanzania. The assessment involved; developing vulnerability map of Dar-es-Salaam, City by using the DRASTIC approach and risk of groundwater contamination from petroleum hydrocarbons by using the Hydrocarbon Spill Screening Model (HSSM) model. The research funded by the SIDA.

January 2004 – September 2007: Investigated Hydrogeological and Hydrogeochemical of a Coastal Aquifer in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania. The research funded by Sokoine University of Agriculture in collaboration with Vlaamse Interuniversitaire Raad (SUA-VLIR Project). In this investigation the following activities were involved: study of structure of groundwater reservoir, characterise groundwater dynamics, mapping the groundwater flow system, characterise groundwater quality and defining hydrogeochemical processes, defining the mathematical model and simulation of the regional groundwater flow.


Development Cooperation Prize 2007 award of Belgium


1.                International Workshop; TOWARDS SCENARIOS FOR URBAN ADAPTATION PLANNING Assessing seawater intrusion under climate and land cover changes in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (ACC DAR), held in Rome, Italy, on 20th  - 22nd April, 2013.

2.                International conference on Saltwater Intrusion (SWIM 22), held in Buzios, Brazil, on 17th -22nd June, 2012.

3.                Workshop No.17 for Heads of Departments; Theme: University Leadership & Quality Assurance Programme, held at Mzumbe University, Morogoro Tanzania on 15th – 18th August, 2010

4.                3rd Scientific Conference on Environmental Sustainability in Tanzania: Mining and the Environment held in Mwanza, Tanzania on 26th - 29th May     2009

5.                IFS International Workshop on Sustainable Water Resource Management and Sanitation, Laboratory Methods and Proposal Writing held on 27th – 31st October 2008 at College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana.

6.                International conference on Groundwater & Climate in Africa held on 24th -28th June 2008 in Kampala, Uganda.

7.                Symposium for PhD students studying in Belgium held on 24th April 2007 at International Conference Centre, Ghent, Belgium.

8.                Conference on Groundwater System Technology held on 8th February, 2007 at Sterre Campus, Krijgslaan 281, S 9, 9000 Ghent, Belgium.

9.                Intensive Programme: Groundwater in Europe, Protection and Remediation Strategies held on September 4-15, 2006 at University of Mining and Geology Sv. Ivan Rilski Sofia, Bulgaria.

10.            Symposium of the Royal Academy for Overseas Sciences held on 20th June, 2006 at Aula of Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium.

11.            Capacity enhancing workshops for potential applicants for IFS research grants: Developing and writing competitive research proposals in East Africa, 2003. Hotel Oasis Morogoro, Tanzania 16 - 20 June 2003.

12.            Seventh Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum. Hotel Oasis Morogoro, Tanzania 12-16 Feb. 2001.


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Supervision (Masters/PhD)

1.         Co-promoter (PhD Student): Yohana E. Mtoni, registered at Ghent University, Belgium. PhD Research Title: “Regional Hydrogeochemical Characterization of Processes in Quaternary Sand Aquifers of the Dar-es-Salaam Region, Tanzania”

2.         Co-supervisor (PhD Student): Simon Rwekiza Melchioly registered at University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. PhD Title: Assessment of Groundwater Occurrence in the Coastal Aquifers of Kilwa District, Tanzania.

3.         Co-Supervisor (PhD Student): Ms. Saumu Athuman registered at Sokoine University of Agriculture, Tanzania. PhD Title: Sustainability of Groundwater Exploitation in Kigamboni Area, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

4.         Co-Supervisor (PhD Student): Mr. Edikafubeni Makoba registered at Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology, Tanzania. PhD Title: Geological and Hydro-geochemical assessment of Fluorine, Arsenic and Boron in the Upper part of Kikuletwa catchment, Pangani basin, Tanzania.

5.         Supervision of local and international M.Sc. students’ researches.