CLIMATE CHANGE AND FRESHWATER ECOSYSTEMS OF NIGERIA
Dr. Julius O. Olokor, Climate Scientist, National Institute for Freshwater Fisheries Research
P.M.B New Bussa, Niger State Nigeria
The institute NIFFR web site is the only institution in the Federal Republic of Nigeria, West Africa with the national mandate to carry out research and development on its freshwater ecosystem.
Dr. Julius Oghenekaro Olokor' is an accomplished Climate Scientist with over 21 years experience in the area of climate and climate variability as they affect natural and human resources. He is currently the Director of Applied Meteorology and Climate Research at the National Institute for Freshwater Fisheries Research in New Bussa, Niger State, Nigeria. He is a member of several Nigerian ministerial committees including: The Advisory Committee on Agricultural Resilience to Climate Change in Nigeria (ACARN, chaired by distinguished climate scientist Jimmy Adegoke, under the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Abuja). He is also a member of the working group on climate modeling and simulation for Nigeria’s third National Communication (Federal Ministry Environment and UNDP). He was a member of the National Round Table Experts’ committee on Nigeria’s Response to Climate Change (Federal Ministry of Environment, Abuja) and a member of the Nigerian Environmental Study/ Action team (NEST). Within the past 20 years, he taught Agro-climatology at the Federal College of Freshwater Fisheries Technology and at the Federal College of Wildlife Management, both in New Bussa. He also teaches the course and supervises hundreds of Nigerian university students that are attached to his institute annually.
His research and teaching experiences include: field data collection, recording and analyses of daily weather data; maintenance of meteorological instruments and setting up weather stations; modeling, surveillance and forecast of short and long term climate variability and climate change patterns and their impacts on human activities; the use of mapping devices such as Geo-positioning systems for GIS and RS applications to monitor and quantify spatial resources; environmental impact assessments (EIA) of natural and man-made resources affected by floods, drought, erosion, deforestation, oil spills, etc, across Nigeria; and development of community based (co-management) approaches for sustainable resource development.
His present research focus is on climate change / variability and their impacts on human and natural resources along with the formulation of mitigation / adaptation strategies to reduce their impacts.