Dr. Duncan Maina Kimwatu

Designation: Lecturer
Contact: 0701326034
School/Institute: Institute of Geomatics, GIS and Remote Sensing
Department: GeGIS
Email: duncan.kimwatu@dkut.ac.ke

Academic Qualifications

Qualification Institution Year
PhD in Geomatics and Geospatial Information Science Dedan Kimathi University of Technology 2021
MSc. in GIS and Remote Sensing Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology 2014
BSc. in Geomatics Engineering and Geospatial Information Systems Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology 2012

Professional Qualifications

Qualification Institution Year
Graduate member (GMISK) Institution of Surveyors of Kenya (ISK) 2014

Areas of Expertise

  • Land Surveying
  • Engineering Surveying
  • Geoinformatics
  • Remote Sensing
  • Navigation systems and applications
  • Satellite positioning and Mobile GIS
  • Photogrammetry
  • Environmental modelling

Work Experience

  • Dec 2015 – To Date: Lecturer, Dedan Kimathi University Of Technology
  • 3rd Sep 2012 – Nov 2015: Assistant Technical Manager(Gis And Capital Works), Murang’a Water And Sanitation Company
  • Jan 2012 – Aug 2012: Site Surveyor/GIS Analyst, Thika Greens Limited
  • Jan 2011 – Mar 2011: Internship GIS analyst/Remote sensing, Regional Centre For Mapping Of Resources For Development (RCMRD)
  • Jan 2010 – May 2010: Internship as a land Surveyor, Datum Survey and Land Consultants
Other University and National Responsibilities

  • Institute Examination coordinator (2021- To Date)
  • Member of Board of Management (BoM)- Witima Secondary School

Publications

  • Kimwatu D.M., Mundia C.N. and Makokha, G.O. (2021). Monitoring environmental water stress in the Upper Ewaso Ngiro river basin, Kenya. Journal of Arid Environments (191)- 104533. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jaridenv.2021.104533.
  • Kimwatu D.M., Mundia C.N. and Makokha, G.O. (2021). Developing a new socio-economic drought index for monitoring drought proliferation: A case study of Upper Ewaso Ngiro River Basin in Kenya. Journal Environmental Monitoring Sensing. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10661-021-08989-0.
  • Kimwatu D.M and Ndiritu M.G (2016), “Application of GIS and Remote Sensing technologies in Solid Waste Management.” A case Study of A case study of Nyahururu municipality, (published by IJSR, Paper ID NOV162476 published in Volume 5, Issue 4, April 2016,): 342-349.
  • Kimwatu D.M and Odera P.A (2015), “Use of GIS technology in the implementation of Alcoholic Drinks control Act.” A case Study of A case study of Karima, Othaya Kenya (Published by IJSR, Paper ID SUB157910 published in Volume 4, Issue 8, August 2015,): 2058-2058
  • Kimwatu D.M and Odera P.A (2014), “Application of Geospatial Technology in Curbing Non-Revenue Water.” A case Study of Murang’a Municipality (Published by IJSR, Paper ID SEP14191 published in Volume 3, Issue 9, September 2014):734-741.

Papers presented in Conferences, Seminars and Workshops

    • Kimwatu, D. M., Mundia, C. N., Makokha, G. O., (2021). Use of GIS in modeling the water balance dynamics using climatic, bio-physical and anthropogenic variables. A case study of Upper Ewaso Ngiro River Basin, Kenya. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Earth Observation (EO) Symposium held at Kenya Water Institute held between 24th-26th June 2021.
    • Kimwatu, D. M., Mundia, C. N., Makokha, G. O., (2019). Assessing socio-economic drought spatial inequalities in arid and semi-arid basin ecosystems. The 5th DeKUT International Conference on Science, Technology, Innovation and entrepreneurship proceedings held between 13th-15th November 2019.

Awards, Scholarships and Recognitions

  • Certificate of publication in the International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR) entitled, “Application of GIS and Remote Sensing technologies in Solid Waste Management.” A case Study of A case study of Nyahururu municipality, (Paper ID NOV162476 published in Volume 5, Issue 4, April 2016,): 342-349.
  • Certificate of publication in the International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR) entitled, “Use of GIS technology in the implementation of Alcoholic Drinks control Act.” A case Study of A case study of Karima, Othaya Kenya (Paper ID SUB157910 published in Volume 4, Issue 8, August 2015,)
  • Certificate of publication in the International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR) entitled, “Application of Geospatial Technology in Curbing Non-Revenue Water.” A case Study of Murang’a Municipality (Paper ID SEP14191 published in Volume 3, Issue 9, September 2014)
  • Certificate of participation in GIS sensitization program organized by WASPA
  • Certificate award for successfully completing training on Geospatial Database development and management using Remote Sensing software (ENVI).
  • Five certificates of merits as a result of participation in Mathematics and Physics contests during secondary school studies.

Postgraduate Thesis Supervision and Examination (Start with the most current, completed and then ongoing)
i) Doctorate

  • Doctor of Philosophy Thesis: Development of an aridity monitoring index based on the sensitivities of environmental droughts: A case study of Upper Ewaso Ngiro River Basin

ii) Masters
  • Master of Science research project: Application of GIS Technology in curbing Non-Revenue Water, A case study of Murang’a Municipality

Research Interests

  • GIS and Remote sensing applications
  • Climate change
  • Environmental modelling
  • Hydrological modelling
  • Photogrammetry
  • Engineering surveying

Affiliation/Membership to Professional Bodies

  • Graduate member of Institution of Surveyors of Kenya (GMISK)