GEOPHYSICS/ATMOSPHERIC PHYSICS AND SPACE RESEARCH GROUP

CONCEPT NOTE
NAME OF RESEARCH GROUP: GEOPHYSICS/ATMOSPHERIC PHYSICS AND SPACE RESEARCH GROUP
BACKGROUND:
The Geophysics/Atmospheric Physics and Space Research Group (GASRG) is a research group based at the Department of Physics and Astronomy.The underlining philosophy of the group isthat the Earth is a coupled system from the subsurface structures of the Earth to the boundaries of the magnetosphere.
RESEARCH FOCUS:
The group conducts research/studies of solar terrestrial interaction, investigating phenomena of solid earth geophysics, and their relation to ionospheric geophysics.  Climate change variability.  In geophysics research, the group has been working in the areas of geomagnetic field variability, geophysical prospecting, aeromagnetic studies, upper mantle conductivity mapping from the ionospheric Sq current. In atmospheric Physics research, the group has been investigating the role of El-Niño and La-Niña, Ozone and Solar activity in climate change and variability. The group also conducts research in solar-terrestrial interactions, and Cosmic ray phenomena in the geospace.
COMPOSITION OF GROUP
The group comprises of Staff, current students and former students of the Department of Physics and Astronomy, UNN and other researchers from various Universities in Nigeria. Notable among who are;
Prof. Francisca NnekaOkeke, FAS, FAAS  Coordinator
Dr.  Daniel Obiora      Deputy Coordinator
Prof. G. A.  Agbo Ebonyi State University
Dr. J. U Chukwudebelu-  Univ. of Nigeria (On contract)
Dr. P. O. Ezema –     Univ. of Nigeria (On contract)
Dr. T. N. Obiekezie Nnamdi Azikiwe University
Dr. (Mrs.) B. C.  Isikwue    Fed. Univ. of Agric. Makurdi
Dr. K. C. Okpala      University of Nigeria
Dr. T. Sivla Benue State University
Dr. E. B. I. Ugwu    Univ. of Nigeria
Dr. (Mrs.) O. J.  Ugonabo  Univ. of Nigeria
Dr. . D. O.  Ugbor    Univ. of Nigeria
Dr. Usman Alhasan University of Maiduguri, Nigeria
Dr. (Mrs.) E. C. Nwankwo    Univ. of Nigeria
Mr. J. Agbo     Univ. of Nigeria
Dr. S. O. Agha        Ebonyi State Univ.
+ Over 10 current Ph.D students and 22 M.Sc Students
SOME PROPOSED PROJECTS:
1. Establishment of the first standard geomagnetic Observatory in West Africa for continuous measurement of the geomagnetic  H- D-and Z- field components.
– Principal Investigator: Prof. F. N. Okeke, FAS, FAAS
2.  Study/Mapping of Crust – Mantle conductivity in Nigeria
– Principal Investigator: Dr. Daniel Obiora
3.  Cosmic Ray effect on cloud cover and climate variability
– Principal Investigator:  Prof. F.N. Okeke, FAS, FAAS
BRIEF CVs OF SOME MEMBERS
1. Professor Francisca NnekaOkeke, FAS, FAAS
Address: Department of Physics and Astronomy, Carver Building, University of Nigeria, Nsukka Tel: 08035079686
e-mail: francisca.okeke@unn.edu.ng Or franciscaokeke@yahoo.com
Education (Year-Institution): B.Sc (1980-UNN), PGDE (1983-UNN), M.Ed (1985-UNN), M.Sc (1989-UNN), Ph.D (1995-UNN)
Current Rank: Professor of Physics, from 2000.
Awards: Laureate of L’Oreal UNESCO Award FWIS, for Physical Sciences, 2013, Fellow, African Academy of sciences, Nigerian Academy of science, Japanese Society for promotion of Science
Specialty: Atmospheric  Physics, Space Physics, Geophysics
2. Dr. Daniel NnaemekaObiora
Address: Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Nigeria, Nsukka
Tel: 08038804735
e-mail: danobiora@gmail.com
Education (Year-Institution): B.Sc(1988-UNN),  MSc ( 1997-UNN), Ph.D (2013-UNN)
Current Rank: Senior Lecturer
Specialty: Atmospheric Physics, Geophysics
3. Dr. Kingsley Chukwudi Okpala
Address: Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Nigeria, Nsukka
Tel: 08034376366
e-mail: kingsley.okpala@unn.edu.ng
Education (Year-Institution): B.Sc (1998-IMSU), M.Sc (2004-UNN) ,Ph.D (2010-UNN)
Current rank: Lecturer 1
Specialty: Atmospheric Physics, Space Physics