Professor Zachariah Debo Adeyewa, the current Vice-Chancellor of Redeemer’s University is a professor of meteorology. Born on 22nd February 1957, and a native of Inisa, Osun State, Nigeria, he obtained his first and second degrees in Physics/Meteorology at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria between 1981 and 1989. His PhD programme sponsored by the International Program in the Physical Sciences, Uppsala University, Sweden, was between 1990 and 1997 in collaboration between the Uppsala University, Sweden and the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. Professor Adeyewa was an Associate of the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), Trieste, Italy, a Guest Scholar in Sweden (sponsored by the Swedish Institute, Stockholm). He was also a visiting scientist (Center of Excellence Fellowship) at the Nagoya University, Japan. Professor Adeyewa was an auxiliary faculty at the Department of Meteorology, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, USA between 2004 and 2007. He has been at the Federal University of Technology, Akure since October 1989 where he served in different capacities until his assumption as Vice-Chancellor on October 1, 2011.
The present research effort of Professor Adeyewa is on the study of the characteristics of the different climatic regions of Africa using data from the assorted instruments on the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) satellite and other space-borne remote sensing platforms. He has also been using satellites and other remote sensing facilities to map, capture and predict the characteristics of African vegetation and climate. His main goal is seeking alternative methods of providing reliable data for a better scientific understanding of the Africa environment. He believes that remote sensing technology is the best solution for overcoming the formidable problem of gaining adequate temporal and spatial access to the vast data-sparse regions in Africa.