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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 the social-environmental science nexus and specifically oil spill trajectory simulation/modelling on water particularly in an EIA context; and how these influence livelihoods and environmental sustainability. This complex issue 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 to support optimal decision-making in the protection of environmental receptors and ecosystem services. Dr Anifowose’s expertise in this area has evolved over the years through research, external consulting and tailored 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

Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) of Energy Projects; Social-Environmental Science nexus of development project impacts in host communities; Oil spill modelling; Flow description for oil spill trajectory simulation; Hydraulic Geometry Principle; 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 18 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. 

Education/Academic qualification

Environmental Science, Doctorate, University of Birmingham

11 Sep 200722 Dec 2010

Geography (Transport & Remote Sensing), MSc, University of Lagos

1 Dec 200531 Dec 2006

External positions

Member, Education and Accreditation Committee, Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE)

18 Jun 2019 → …

Member, Training and Professional Development Committee , International Association For Impact Assessment

25 Mar 2018 → …

Chair (Administrative), Sustainable Development Technical Section, Society of Petroleum Engineering

1 Oct 2017 → …

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
  • H Social Sciences (General)

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Research Output 2008 2019

Interannual to Multi-decadal streamflow variability in West and Central Africa: Interactions with catchment properties and large-scale climate variability

Sidibe, M., Dieppois, B., Eden, J., Mahé, G., Paturel, J-E., Amoussou, E., Anifowose, B. & Lawler, D., Jun 2019, In : Global and Planetary Change. 177, p. 141-156 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

river flow
3 Citations (Scopus)
8 Downloads (Pure)

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: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Water pollution
water pollution
Crude oil
4 Citations (Scopus)
16 Downloads (Pure)

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., Jun 2018, In : Journal of Hydrology. 561, p. 478-493 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
potential evapotranspiration
hydrological regime
river flow
land use change
1 Citation (Scopus)

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: Contribution to conferencePaper

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, CJ., Willis, Z., Quintrell, J. & Musa, I., 1 May 2017.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

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

Activities 2017 2018

  • 2 Examination

Press / Media

Sanchi Oil Spill in East China Sea

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