Prof. Leonard Kofitse Amekudzi

Associate Professor


Dept: Physics
Department of Physics, KNUST

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Key Research Areas: Atmospheric Physics, Climate Science and Remote Sensing   Retrieval studies of atmospheric compositions (trace gases and aer...~more

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I am an Associate Professor and Provost, College of Science, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi. I hold a BSc Degree in Physics with DipEd, MPhil (Theoretical Physics) from the University of Cape Coast, Ghana in 1997 and 2001 respectively.  After successful completion of one-year MSC course work at the Institute of Environmental Physics and Remote Sensing at the University of Bremen, Germany in 2002, the European Space Agency (ESA) ENVISAT (Environmental Satellite) awarded me a Ph.D. fellowship. I obtained my PhD in Atmospheric Physics, and Satellite Remote Sensing in 2005 from the University of Bremen, Germany, and continued as a Post-Doctoral Research Scientist on the ESA  ENVISAT project. On this project, I was involved in the retrieval of atmospheric trace gases information from occultation and limb observations of SCIAMACHY (Scanning Imaging Absorption Spectrometer for Atmospheric Cartography) until May 2008 when I joined KNUST as a Lecture in Meteorology and Climate Science Programme at the Department of Physics. I have about 18 years of research experience in Atmospheric and Climate Science, Remote Sensing, Biometeorology, precipitation processes, and Hydrological Modeling. I have worked extensively with different research clusters across the globe. Among the research-collaborated projects that I participated in include; ENVISAT SCIAMACHY Limb and Occultation Validation (SCILOV), Quantifying Weather and Climate Impacts on Health in Developing Countries (QWeCI), Building Stronger Universities (BSU), West Africa Science  Service Center for Climate Change, and Adapted Land Use (WASCAL), Dynamic-Aerosol-Chemistry-Cloud interactions in West Africa (DACCIWA) and International Development Research Center - Climate Change Adaptation Research and Training Capacity for Development (IDRC-CCARTCD) and currently Global Challenge Research Fund Africa Science for Weather Information and Forecasting Techniques (GCRF African SWIFT).

I have trained over a dozen of   M.SC/MPhil and PhD students in my research field and participated in fundraising for research. Also, I served as an external examiner to the Postgraduate Programme in Universities in Ghana and other Africa countries.  I was a regular research fellow at The Abudus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics. I served as an advisory board member for local and international PhD programmes and a visiting professor to WASCAL-CCWR at the University of Abomey-Calavi (Benin), WASCAL-CCHH, FUT-Minna, Nigeria and a Professor for WASCAL Common Course in Atmospheric Science.  I was a lead consultant for four different Climate and Environmental projects in Ghana, resource person for climate and its related impact workshops, key speaker and facilitator of several climate change workshops in Ghana and other parts of Africa. I am a scientific mentor/host to young faculty members on the Climate Impact Research Capacity and Leadership Enhancement in Sub-Saharan Africa (CIRCLE) Programme. I have served as a principal supervisor for completed 7 Ph.D. students and co-supervisor for completed 5 PhDs and currently supervising 6 PhDs. I have over 50 publications in high-impact peer-reviewed journals and over 70 oral and poster presentations at international conferences. I am an entrepreneur, a practicing Christian, married, and have three children (all boys).  


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