Jimmy Adegoke

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James O. Adegoke
Residence Kansas City, Missouri
Citizenship United States
Nationality Nigerian
Fields Geosciences
Institutions Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean, University of Washington
University of Missouri-Kansas City
Federal University of Technology Minna
Colorado State University
Center for Earth Resources Observation and Science
Council for Scientific and Industrial Research
South Africa Department of Science and Technology
Alma mater Ahmadu Bello University
University of Ibadan
Pennsylvania State University
Known for climate change

James O. Adegoke (born 1963) is an award-winning climate scientist and professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) where he served as Chair of the Department of Geosciences (2008-2010). He also served as an appointee of the Mayor of Kansas City Missouri on the city’s Environmental Management Commission (EMC) and has testified before the South Africa Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Science and Technology and the Climate Change Committee of the Nigerian House of Representatives.

In the United States, he has testified at the United States House of Representatives for the United States House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming. He also serves on the Technical Advisory Board of several United Nations (UN) applied science programs, including the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) project on the application of remote sensing for water resources and ecosystem management in Africa.


Adegoke majored in Geography, with minors in Physics and Geology, as an undergraduate at Ahmadu Bello University. He attended the University of Ibadan, earning an M.S. in Geography, specializing in Climatology, and a Ph.D. at Pennsylvania State University, focusing on satellite climatology. He conducted research at the Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO) at the University of Washington.

His work focuses on societal impacts of environmental change, including air pollution studies in rapidly changing mid-latitude urban areas, climate impacts on water resources in the Lake Chad Basin, and coastal ecosystem dynamics in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria. He is a member of several professional societies including the American Geophysical Union (AGU), Association of American Geographers (AAG), and American Meteorological Society (AMS). He is on the Advisory Council of the African Association for Remote Sensing of the Environment (AARSE).

He had held research and teaching appointments at the Federal University of Technology Minna in Nigeria, Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado and the Earth Resources Observation Systems (EROS) Data Center, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He was also formerly the Executive Director of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in Natural Resources & Environment (NRE) Division, in Pretoria, South Africa. He also served as the Director of the Applied Center for Climate & Earth Systems Science (ACCESS), a Center of Excellence (CoE) of the South Africa Department of Science and Technology (DST) Global Change Grande Challenge (GCGC) program.[1]


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