Designation: Senior Lecturer, Department of Environmental & Geographical Science Expertise: African climate variability and change; landcover - climate linkages
Babatunde Abiodun is from Nigeria. He is a member of CSAG and lecturer for the EGS department. He teaches climatology, climate modeling, atmospheric sciences, and a post graduate level research methods course. Babatunde did his undergraduate studies in Nigeria. From 1997-2003 he moved back and forth between Nigeria and Sweden to earn a PhD in meteorology. After his PhD he did his post-doc at Iowa State where he started working with CSAG. He then came to Cape Town to do his post-doc and began lecturing at UCT.
Babatunde's research interest is in development, evaluation, and application of dynamic atmospheric models. He works with various types of atmospheric models (i.e. boundary layer models, meso-scale models, regional climate models, global climate models, and air pollution models), but focuses on a model that has capability for horizontal grid adaptation (called CAM-EULAG). He evaluate atmospheric models and use them to study atmospheric systems (or conditions) that induce extreme events (like droughts, extreme rainfall, heat waves, and air-pollution episodes) in Africa. He also apply these models for predicting seasonal climates, projecting future climates under different emission scenarios, and understanding potential impacts of land-cover changes on regional climates.
Assoc Prof. Babatunde’s full biography can be found here