Prof. Babatunde Joseph Abiodun
University of Cape Town
Babatunde Abiodun is Lecturer and Coordinator of the Atmospheric Science Programme for the Department of Environmental and Geographical Science at the University of Cape Town (UCT). He is also an adjunct Professor at the University of Missouri, Kansas City (USA). Prior to joining UCT in 2008, he was a postdoctoral research associate at Iowa State University (USA), and a lecturer at the Federal University of Technology, Akure (Nigeria). His research interest lies in the development and application of atmospheric modelling, and during his time at Iowa State University, he led the development of a global atmospheric model with grid adaptation. Babatunde Abiodun has co-authored three book chapters, published over 50 peer-reviewed papers in high-profile international journals, and served as Lead Author in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report on Climate Change in 2013: The Physical Science Basis. He has received funding from agencies such as the global change SysTem for Analysis Research and Training (START), the South African National Research Foundation (NRF) and the Southern Africa Water Research Commission (WRC). The funding is to enable him to focus on the development and application of climate models to improve knowledge on regionally-extensive droughts over Africa, extreme weather and climate events, and the impacts of reforestation activities on regional climates. He is an editor for the journal Progress in Earth and Planetary Science, and is a former member of the Council of the Society of South African Geographers (SSAG).