Dr. Edmund Ilimoan Yamba


Dept: Meteorology and Climate Science
Department of Meteorology and Climate Science
Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology
Private Mail Bag, University Post Office
Kumasi, Ghana

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Research Areas/Interests

Climate change and variability, emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases, vector-borne disease, extreme weather events, air pollution, urban heat ...~more


I am a Lecturer and Research Scientist in the Department of Meteorology and Climate Science at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, Ghana.  I have a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree in Physics and a Master of Science (MSc) degree in Geophysics all from KNUST,  and a Doctorate (PhD) in Meteorology and Climate Science from the University of Cologne, Germany.

My academic background encompasses a wide range of expertise, including data science with focus on statistics, advanced computing, and data analysis, visualization, cleansing and mining. I have specialized knowledge in the fields of climate change and variability, tropical climate, mathematical-biological modeling of infectious diseases in humans, land use/cover change mapping, climate and environmental modeling, and geophysical exploration for resources such as oil, gas, minerals, and water.

I possess strong skills in scientific computing, utilizing programming languages such as FORTRAN, PYTHON, R, and Shell Scripting. I am proficient in climate and environmental data manipulation using tools such as Climate Data Operators (CDO), NetCDF Operators (NCO), Generic Mapping Tools (GMT), and Quantum Geographic Information System (QGIS). I have experience working with Linux-based systems including Ubuntu and Mint, and have expertise in scientific writing using Latex.

My current research focuses on investigating how climate variability and change impact human health and well-being. Specifically, I explore how changes in climate variables influence: the transmission dynamics of emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases, air quality leading to respiratory and cardiovascular diseases, extreme heat events resulting in injuries and premature deaths, and threats to mental health. To gain insights into these impacts, I employ cross-disciplinary approaches and apply weather-driven dynamical models. My ultimate objective is to provide valuable information for the development of public health policies and interventions. Besides human health and well-being, my research extends to climate change and variability impacts on agriculture, food supply, migration and conflicts. If you would like to collaborate with me on projects related to these areas, please feel free to reach out to me.

My life philosophy centers on utilizing my expertise to lead positive change and mentor the younger generation by equipping them with the necessary attitudes, skills, and knowledge to become global critical thinkers and explorers. I believe that by working together, we can make the world a better place.


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