Prof. Leonard Kofitse Amekudzi

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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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Leonard K. Amekudzi is a Full Professor of Atmospheric Physics and Climate Science and Provost, College of Science at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi. He holds a BSc Degree in Physics with DipEd, MPhil (Theoretical Physics) from the University of Cape Coast, Ghana, in 1997 and 2001.  After completing one-year of 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 him a PhD fellowship. He obtained a 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, he 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 he joined KNUST as a Lecture in Meteorology and Climate Science Programme at the Department of Physics. Leonard has over 18 years of research experience in Atmospheric and Climate Science, Remote Sensing, Biometeorology, precipitation processes, and Hydrological Modeling. He has worked extensively with different research clusters across the globe. Among the research-collaborated projects 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). He was a regular research fellow at The Abudus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste, Italy.

He has trained over a dozen M.SC/MPhil and PhD students and participated in fundraising for research in local and international terrain. He has also served as an external examiner to the Postgraduate Programme in Universities in Ghana and other African countries.  Besides, he serves 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.  He is a lead consultant for four different Climate and Environmental projects in Ghana, resource person for climate and related impact workshops, key speaker and facilitator of several climate change workshops in Ghana and other parts of Africa. He is a career guidance and counselling and science curriculum development expert. He is a scientific mentor/host to young faculty members on the Climate Impact Research Capacity and Leadership Enhancement in Sub-Saharan Africa (CIRCLE) Programme. Leonard has over 60 publications in high-impact peer-reviewed journals and over 80 oral and poster presentations in international conferences,  an entrepreneur, a farmer, and a practising Christian. He is married with three children (all boys).  


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