External Participants




Name Institution Key words Short description
Rebecca Garland University of Pretoria, South Africa air quality, climate change, and science-policy linkages https://www.up.ac.za/geography-geoinformatics-and-meteorology/article/3043312/rebecca-garland
Babatunde J. Abiodun University of Cape Town, South Africa climate model developments and applications My research interests lies in climate model development and application for regional climate studies with a focus on Africa. This includes studying climate variability and change, weather and climate extremes, land-atmosphere interaction, and solar radiation management.  https://science.uct.ac.za/department-egs/staff-academic-staff/assoc-prof-babatunde-j-abiodun
Christopher Lennard  University of Cape Town, South Africa Climate modelling; Climate information; Renewable energy; Cloud computing I am interested in the impacts of regional climate variability and change in Africa. Working on projects including modelling for wind energy resource assessment, co-production of scale-relevant, actionable climate information, cloud computing, climate intervention and disease modelling.   https://www.csag.uct.ac.za/author/clennard/
Isaac Akinwumi  Covenant University, Nigeria Environment, Education, training and outreach 1. Research on Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH), Geoenvironment, Air quality, Flooding, Coastal erosion and Waste management; and 2.  Education, training and Outreach. https://staff.covenantuniversity.edu.ng/members/akinwumi-isaac-ibukun/
Oye Ideki Nigeria Maritime University Climatology, extreme climate events, climate change, prediction, modelling , hydrology, West Africa  
Kassahun Ture Addis Ababa University (AAU), Ethiopia Air Pollution, Climate Change Adaptation and mitigation http://www.aau.edu.et/cns/center-for-environmental-science/kassahun-ture/
Tibebu Assefa C40 Air Quality and Health https://www.c40.org/



Name Institution Key words Short description
Marleen Dekker Leiden University, Netherlands Inclusive development; Environmental justice; Socio-economic inequalities; Interdisciplinary academic collaboration across geographies https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/staffmembers/marleen-dekker#tab-1
Pepijn Veefkind KNMI, Netherlands satellite https://www.knmi.nl/over-het-knmi/onze-mensen/pepijn-veefkind
Henk Eskes KNMI, Netherlands satellite https://www.henkeskes.nl/
Deborah Stein KNMI, Netherlands satellite https://www.knmi.nl/over-het-knmi/onze-mensen/deborah-c-stein-zweers
Camille Mouchel-Vallon Laboratoire d'Aérologie, CNRS, France air quality, modeling, organic chemistry, rain composition Combining multiscale modeling, INDAAF network wet deposition measurements and air quality measurements to improve our understanding of rain composition and its impacts on natural and cultivated ecosystems.   https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Camille-Mouchel-Vallon
Zhonghua Zheng The University of Manchester, United Kingdom aerosols; air quality; climate; environment; data science; computing

My work focuses on developing process-based and data-driven models to understanding atmospheric aerosols, air quality, and climate change.      


Francis Pope University of Birmingham Air pollution, climate change, sustainable cities Francis runs the ‘A Systems Approach to Air Pollution (ASAP)’ projects, which has worked in East Africa and West Africa, in addition to other global cities.  The ASAP project is an umbrella project that aims to enhance local decision-making abilities to improve urban air quality, reduce the effects of air pollution upon human health, and allow for sustainable development to proceed without further deterioration in air quality.  https://www.francispope.com/projects-1


North America

Name Labs Key words Short description
Christine Wiedinmyer  CIRES fire; emissions; air quality https://cires.colorado.edu/administration/christine-wiedinmyer
Charles Ichoku UMBC climate; weather https://cahss.umbc.edu/news/post/130589/
Ave Arellano University of Arizona data assimilation, air quality and aerosols, satellite remote sensing interested in understanding drivers of atmospheric pollution and their interactions in Africa using observational and modeling datasets (IGAC/AMIGO, UArizona-UM6P).   https://arellano.faculty.arizona.edu/
Brad Pierce WISC   https://www.ssec.wisc.edu/staff/brad-pierce/
Solomon Bililign NCAT aerosols; air quality professor in the Physics Department at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (NCA&T). His current research is focused on laboratory studies of optical and physiochemical properties of aerosols derived from African biomass fuels and field studies to collect filter samples of ambient pollutants for chemical analysis and measurement of BC and PM2.5 to understand and their impact on climate and health in Africa. https://www.ncat.edu/employee-bio.php?directoryID=1021253996
Priyanka deSouza University of Colorado Denver air quality; surface-measurements; satellite remote sensing; health effects My interests involve using low-cost sensors and satellite data to fill in air quality data gaps. I am also interested in better characterizing the health impacts of air pollution on the African continent. https://architectureandplanning.ucdenver.edu/our-people/phdfaculty/deSouza-Priyanka-EXTQTN1F7
Daile Zhang University of Maryland Lightning evaluating and assessing lightning data from different lightning locating systems, including both ground-based and satellite-based networks. She serves on the Board of Directors of the African Centres for Lightning and Electromagnetics Network.  https://essic.umd.edu/joom2/index.php/faculty-and-staff?layout=user&user_id=1175
Mary Ann Cooper University of Cincinnati lightning injuries and lightning injury prevention helped design training and accreditation standards in emergency medicine and served on the governing boards of several national EM organizations; Managing Director of the African Centres for Lightning and Electromagnetics Network. https://ACLENet.org
Ronald Holle ACLENet Lightning; education Volunteer with African Centres for Lightning and Electromagnetics Network (ACLENet), mainly in
Uganda, for education about the lightning threat and advocating for protecting buildings from lightning,
especially schools. https://aclenet.org/
Yan Jiang UCSD climate variability, water cycle, wildfire, remote sensing, food security (1) Research on rainfall seasonality over the Congo rainforest; (2) Research on wildfire variations in Central Africa; (3) Research on water sources for global and regional food production under climate and land use changes.      https://yjiangc.github.io/
Xinyue Wang CU Boulder stratosphere Interested in (1) Long-range transport of trace gases to or out of Africa; (2) Understanding the role of stratosphere in long-range transport predictability.  
Luke Parsons The Nature Conservancy paleoclimate; climate dynamics; drought climate change impacts on heat exposure and human health and well-being, what various future emissions pathways mean for air pollution exposure and health, tropical deforestation impacts on heat exposure, and  wildfire smoke modeling
Bok Haeng Baek George Mason University Air quality and emissions modeling; modeling applications to support environmental policy https://science.gmu.edu/directory/bh-baek


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