Dr Tshimangadzo Matamba

Position: Postdoctoral Research Fellow Qualifications: PhD

Dr Tshimangadzo Merline Matamba completed her bachelor of science degree in Physics, Mathematics and Chemistry in 2010 from the University of Venda. In 2010, she joined the National Astrophysics and Space Programme (NASSP) to pursue her BSc Honours at the University of Cape Town. In 2012 she joined South African National Space Agency (SANSA) as an intern working with Dr. Habarulema focusing on the statistical analysis of the Ionospheric F1 layer checking when it is present and not present using ground-based Ionosonde data. After the internship, she enrolled for an MSc degree in physics at Rhodes University in 2013 with a research topic titled: “statistical analysis of the ionospheric response during geomagnetic storm conditions over South Africa using ionosonde and GPS data”. She completed her MSc in 2015. In 2018 she graduated with her PhD in physics focusing on Space Weather impacts on the ionosphere using satellite and ground-based measurements during quiet and disturbed geomagnetic conditions with a research topic titled: “long term analysis of ionospheric response during geomagnetic storms over the African regions”. She has presented her research work in several national and international conferences and published her work in academic papers.

Currently she is a postdoctoral research fellow and her research focus is on Scintillation effects on navigation accuracy for aviation forecasting tool and the impacts of space weather on Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS).

Research Interests

  • Ionospheric physics
  • Ionospheric storms during geomagnetic storms
  • Space weather impact on the upper atmosphere


Title DOI Number Link
Ionospheric Responses to CME‐ and CIR‐Driven Geomagnetic Storms Along 30°E-40°E Over the African Sector From 2001 to 2015 Matamba, T. M., J. B. Habarulema 10.1029/2017SW001754
Storm-time modeling of the African regional ionospheric Total Electron Content using artificial neural networks Okoh, D. I., Habarulema J. B., Rabiu B., Wisdom J. B., Olwendo J., Matamba T. M. 10.1029/2020SW002525
Statistical analysis of the ionospheric response during geomagnetic storm conditions over South Africa using ionosonde and GPS data Matamba, T. M., J. B. Habarulema, and L.-A. McKinnell 10.1002/2015SW001218
Ionospheric imaging in Africa Chartier, A. T., et al. (2014) 10.1002/2013RS005238
Midlatitude ionospheric changes to four great geomagnetic storms of solar cycle 23 in Southern and Northern Hemispheres Tshimangadzo Merline Matamba, John Bosco Habarulema, Dalia Burešová 10.1002/2016SW001516
Assessing ionospheric response during some strong storms in solar cycle 24 using various data sources John Bosco Habarulema, Zama Thobeka Katamzi, Patrick Sibanda, Tshimangadzo Merline Matamba 10.1002/2016JA023066