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Dr Babatunde Anifowose CEnv., MSPE, MEI, SFHEA holds a Diploma in Data Processing (Comp. Sci.), BSc and MSc degrees from the University of Lagos, Akoka-Nigeria and a PhD in Geography and Environmental Science from the University of Birmingham UK (funded by the Nigerian Government through the Petroleum Technology Development Fund: 2007-2010). Dr Anifowose’s research interest focuses primarily on the assessment and mitigation of environmental impacts across the oil and gas value chain including specifically oil spill trajectory simulation/modelling on water particularly in an EIA context. This requires a systematic understanding of hydrological and hydraulic parameters, inter alia, for input characterisation into models of specific river channel or coastal environment of interest. Dr Anifowose’s expertise in this area has evolved over the years through research, external consulting and tailored week-long residential training e.g. (a) Science of Oil Spills held at the NOAA campus in Seattle, Washington USA; and (b) Meshing and Hydrodynamic Modelling held at HR Wallingford, Oxford, UK. Much earlier in his career, Babatunde had training in the ‘Concepts of Oil Spill Fate and Transport Forecasting’ provided by US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and ‘Slow Water and Fast Water Booming Techniques’ provided by the US Environmental Protection Agency both funded by the American Petroleum Institute. He is also interested in climate change issues (e.g. methane emissions from oil and gas facilities) and seasonal variation in river flow, hydraulic geometry principle, oil and gas transportation, GIS and environmental remote sensing. He currently supervises four PhD research students in cognate areas.


Dr Anifowose is an invited peer-reviewer for a number of Elsevier Journals. He has been privileged to advise on an externally-funded project on oil spills and hydro-environmental implications; and, also served as specialist adviser to the CSC on the quality of scholarship applicants and their suitability for UK post-doctoral fellowships in the field of Environmental Science relating to oil pollution. He is a professional member of the British Hydrological Society (with the Institution of Civil Engineers), the Society of Petroleum Engineers (HSSE and Sustainable Development Technical Discipline), the Energy Institute, and has been a friend of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) of the US National Academies of Science’s committee on Transportation of Hazardous Materials – AT040 since 2008. Dr Anifowose is a Senior Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy.


Research Interests

Oil spill modelling; Flow description for oil spill trajectory simulation; Hydraulic Geometry Principle; Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) of Oil and Gas Projects; Oil and Gas Transportation; Oil and Gas EIA/EIS Quality; Environmental GIS and Remote Sensing; Projects, Facilities and Construction phase interaction with Environmental receptors

Vision Statement

My research work experience dates back to about 17 years ago (year 2000-2001) on a World Bank commissioned project on Rural Travels and Rural Transport Infrastructure in the riverine areas of selected oil producing communities in Nigeria’s Niger- Delta. This project has inspired my research focus through the years and has further provoked the quest for greater understanding of why, despite the implementation of environmental assessment protocols in Nigeria, environmental problems still persist – especially oil spills in river systems and coastal environment. Research evidence supported by existing literature shows that very little is known about key environmental receptors in locations where oil and gas activities currently take place. Therefore, my research hopes to further advance our knowledge of the process regimes of key hydro-environmental parameters (e.g. Q, m3 s-1; H, m; V, m s-1; X-Sectional Area, m; SSC, mg L-1; wind, m s-1; salinity & temp.) surrounding major oil and gas infrastructure and their location-specific influence on oil behaviour which should ideally inform oil spill response and impact mitigation. My experience and literature evidence show that real-time response to oil pollution has been ineffective partly due to limited understanding of these parameters, especially in places where methodical data collection is erratic or at times non-existent. 

External positions

External Examiner, International College of Business and Technology

9 Nov 20168 Nov 2020

External Examiner, Cardiff Metropolitan University

1 Sep 201631 Aug 2020


  • GE Environmental Sciences
  • TD Environmental technology. Sanitary engineering
  • TC Hydraulic engineering. Ocean engineering

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Research Output 2008 2018

Oil facility operations: a multivariate analyses of water pollution parameters

Anifowose, B. & Odubela, M. 20 Jun 2018 In : Journal of Cleaner Production. 187, p. 180-189 10 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Water pollution
water pollution
Crude oil

Trend and variability in a new, reconstructed streamflow dataset for West and Central Africa, and climatic interactions, 1950 – 2005

Sidibe, M., Dieppois, B., Mahé, G., Paturel, J-E., Amoussou, E., Anifowose, B. & Lawler, D. 10 Apr 2018 In : Journal of Hydrology. (in press), p. (in press)

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

potential evapotranspiration
hydrological regime
river flow
West Africa

A distributed, scalable and provenance-enabled data access protocol for spatial data infrastructure

Warekuromor, T., James, A. & Anifowose, B. 1 Apr 2017 6 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewPaper

Environmental impact

Integrated Ocean Observing Systems as a source of scientific information for supporting oil spill response: From Gulf of Mexico to Gulf of Guinea

Anifowose, B., Beegle-Krause , C. J., Willis, Z., Quintrell, J. & Musa, I. 1 May 2017

Research output: Research - peer-reviewPaper

Integrated Ocean Observing System
oil spill response
oil spill
global ocean
oil production

Oil Spill Trajectory Simulation for the Clair Oilfield, Faroe Shetland Channel, United Kingdom Continental Shelf

Eke, C. D. & Anifowose, B. 3 Apr 2017 SPE Health, Safety, Security, Environment, & Social Responsibility Conference - North America. New Orleans, Louisiana, USA: Society of Petroleum Engineers, 21 p. SPE-184437-MS

Research output: Research - peer-reviewConference proceeding

Open Access
oil spill
continental shelf

Activities 2017 2017

  • 1 Examination

External Examiner for PhD VIVA VOCE

Anifowose, B. (Examiner)
Dec 2017

Activity: Examination

Press / Media

Sanchi Oil Spill in East China Sea

Babatunde Anifowose


4 media contribution

Press / Media: Expert Comment