Tamuka Magadzire is the southern Africa Field Scientist for the USGS component of FEWS NET. He is stationed at the headquarters of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) in Gaborone, Botswana, where he does agrometeorological analysis, field work, and training in support of food security monitoring of the sixteen Member States of SADC, including five FEWS NET countries.
While pursuing a B.S. in Surveying at the University of Zimbabwe, Tamuka got his first introduction to coding in 1995, and has been coding since. His major interests include developing solutions that help analysts and practitioners to better understand the impact of climate and weather events on agriculture. Tamuka has taken a lead role in the development of several software tools including the GeoWRSI, a crop-specific water-balance modeling software; GeoCLIM, a software for climate trend analysis; and GeoCOF, a software for seasonal climate forecasting - all available through the CHC. He is a UCSB alumnus, having obtained his MA in Geography under the supervision of the late Professor Leal Mertes. Tamuka holds a PhD in Agrometeorology from the University of KwaZulu Natal in South Africa, has co-authored several articles with the CHC team, and is a guest editor for the Frontiers in Climate journal.