Dr. Opadeyi has a PhD in Land Management and a Masters of Engineering from the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, Canada. He has an MSc and a BSc in Surveying from the University of Lagos in Nigeria; an Executive MBA from the UWI. The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) awarded him a certificate in flood hazard mapping, modeling and monitoring. Dr. Opadeyi has received an extensive array of academic awards and fellowships. He served as a Visiting Scholar at Pennsylvania State University in Pennsylvania, a Visiting Scientist at the Canada Centre for Remote Sensing, a Visiting Lecturer at the Center for Technical Planning and Applied Economics of Haiti, a Visiting Fellow at Manchester Metropolitan University in the U.K., and a Visiting Fellow at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. He was awarded an International Geodyssey Environmental GIS Research Grant.
Before joining University of Guyana as the vice-chancellor, Jacob Opadeyi was the Professor of Geomatics Engineering and Land Management at the University of the West Indies (UWI) in Trinidad. He is an experienced spatial data specialist with expertise in GIS applications in environmental analysis and modeling, natural hazard and risk mapping, land management, and watershed management. He was the Director, Office of Research Development and Knowledge Transfer, UWI; Deputy Dean for Enterprise Development and Outreach at the Faculty of Engineering UWI and Technical Advisor at UWI’s Disaster Risk Reduction Centre.
Dr. Opadeyi’s current research includes GIS modeling of heavy metal and sediment in watersheds, natural hazard mapping techniques, vulnerability assessments, land cover change monitoring, telephonic flood hazard early warning systems, and water quantity and water quality modeling.
As a consultant, Dr. Opadeyi worked on a joint project with the staff of the Water and Sewerage Authority of Trinidad and Tobago to develop a water quality monitoring and modeling application. He also developed a computerized environmental information system for the Town and Country Planning Division of the Ministry of Planning and Development of Trinidad and Tobago, and designed a water pollution information system for the Environmental Management Authority of Trinidad and Tobago. He recently completed the digitization of the land records in Grenada as well as developed a postal code system for Trinidad and Tobago.
Dr. Opadeyi has extensive experience in research and development on topics related to spatial data collection, management and analysis for disaster risk management, urban planning and environmental monitoring and disaster mitigation. He is the co-author of Vulnerability Benchmarking Tool, a technical manual published by the OECS and USAID. Using the SWAT watershed modelling, Dr. Opadeyi undertook the analysis of the Demerara watershed in Guyana. He has contributed chapters and articles to dozens of books and journals, including 1) a chapter on GIS for urban planning in developing cities, in a book entitled Urban Planning for Developing Nations: Problems, Practices and the Search for Solutions, published by the Montreal Interuniversity Group in Montreal, Canada; 2) a chapter on GIS in land use planning activities in the Encyclopedia of Soil Science; and 3) a discussion paper entitled “Developing an Urban Land Information system for the City of Port of Spain and Environs: A Modular Approach.”
Applications of GIS for Disaster EWS (Professor Jacob Opadeyi)
Maria Vega by Jacob Opadeyi (Professor Jacob Opadeyi)
Soil Friction Angle by Jacob Opadeyi (Professor Jacob Opadeyi)