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FREDERICK OTU-LARBI
Frederick Otu-Larbi

Frederick Otu-Larbi

Staff ID: PSM824

Staff Category:

Teaching

Position:

Lecturer

School:

Geosciences

Department:

Atmospheric and Climate Sciences

Fred is interested in atmosphere-biosphere interactions, particularly the impact of environmental factors like drought on plant and crop productivity. He applies land surface models and observations to study the effects of environmental factors on plants in present climates and how these effects are likely to change in future due to climate change. Fred holds a PhD in Environmental Science from Lancaster University, and an MSc in Applied Meteorology and Climate with Management from University of Reading, UK. He possesses extensive practical knowledge in weather forecasting and public engagement having worked with the Ghana Meteorological Agency as Meteorologist for several years. His previous research and community engagements are already having positive impacts on farmers’ livelihoods in Ghana and Africa. Between 2016-2017, he was part of a team that trained NGOs and farmers’ unions on the use of historical climate information, forecasts, and participatory decision-making tools to improve their agronomy decisions and practices skills through Participatory Integrated Climate Services for Agriculture (PICSA). This resulted in better farming practices, improving the livelihoods of >5000 farmers in Northern Ghana. During his MSc studies at the University of Reading, he was part of a team that developed the modelling framework for TAMSAT-ALERT, a decision support tool which is currently being used by more than a million farmers across Africa.

Fred is interested in atmosphere-biosphere interactions, particularly the impact of environmental factors like drought on plant and crop productivity. He applies land surface models and observations to study the effects of environmental factors on plants in present climates and how these effects are likely to change in future due to climate change. Fred holds a PhD in Environmental Science from Lancaster University, and an MSc in Applied Meteorology and Climate with Management from University of Reading, UK. He possesses extensive practical knowledge in weather forecasting and public engagement having worked with the Ghana Meteorological Agency as Meteorologist for several years. His previous research and community engagements are already having positive impacts on farmers’ livelihoods in Ghana and Africa. Between 2016-2017, he was part of a team that trained NGOs and farmers’ unions on the use of historical climate information, forecasts, and participatory decision-making tools to improve their agronomy decisions and practices skills through Participatory Integrated Climate Services for Agriculture (PICSA). This resulted in better farming practices, improving the livelihoods of >5000 farmers in Northern Ghana. During his MSc studies at the University of Reading, he was part of a team that developed the modelling framework for TAMSAT-ALERT, a decision support tool which is currently being used by more than a million farmers across Africa.

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