Department/Unit/Section: Environmental Studies & Community Development
Contact Address: P.O. Box 43844-00100
Research Interests: Geographical Information Systems (GIS), Disaster Risks Reduction, Land?Use Planning, Climate Change, Integrated Water Resources Management, and Community Adaptation.
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About Me: Lecturer, Member Postgraduate Curriculum Development Committee, Fourth Year Academic Advisor, Postgraduate supervision
Qualifications: Dr. Samuel O. Ochola holds a Dr. rer. nat. (MAGNA CUM LAUDE) in Geosciences from the University of Heidelberg - Germany. His doctoral work was on integrated flood risk management highlighting options for land-use planning at river basin level. He holds a M.Sc. in Geological Risks and Management from the University of Geneva - Switzerland, M.Sc. in Environmental Geology and Management from the University of Nairobi – Kenya with a dissertation on measurement of greenhouse gases’ (CH4 and CO2) emissions in Kenyan lakes and wetlands and a B.Sc. in Geology (First Class Honours) from the University of Nairobi. He further built his capacity at several international courses notably Water and Sanitation, Disaster Resilience, Resources Management and Climate Change at the Centre of Excellence for Water and Environment (CAS-TWAS CEWE), Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, China; Disaster Risk Management Course at the World Bank e-Institute for Development, Facilitating Multi-Actor Collaboration for Sustainable Resources Management at HUBrussels University in Belgium, Advanced Study of Disaster and Risk 2009 Summer Institute at Beijing Normal University, METIER (METhods of Interdisciplinary Environmental Research) at Wageningen University and Multidisciplinary Tropical Lakes Studies with the University of Arizona. He has experience in project monitoring and evaluation, participatory work at all levels, environmental assessment and reporting.
- Ochola, S. O and Lumumba J. (2016). USAID Partnership for Resilience and Economic Growth (PREG) Learning Event. USAID and Africa Lead-DAI. Pp. 95.
- Ochola, W.O. and Ochola, S.O. (2012) Information and communications technologies (ICTs), climate change and water: Issues and research priorities in Africa. p. 57-72. In Alan Finlay, A. and Adera, E. Eds (2012) Application of ICT for Climate Change Adaptation in the Water Sector: Developing country experiences and emerging research priorities. Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC). Goa, India. p. 113. ISBN: 978-92-95096-43-1.
- Mutai, C.C. and Ochola, S.O. (2011) Climate Change and Variability. p. 46-60. In NEMA (2011) Kenya State of the Environment Report 2010. National Environment Management Authority. Progress Press, Malta.
- Ochola, S.O., B. Eitel and D. O. Olago (2010). Vulnerability of schools to floods in Nyando River catchment, Kenya. Disasters: Journal of Disaster Studies, Policy & Management, 34(3), 732-754.
- Ochola, S.O. (2009) Integrated Flood Hazard, Vulnerability and Risk Assessment in Nyando River Catchment, Kenya: Options for Land-Use Planning. Sierke Verlag. Göttingen. P. 257.
- Adams, D.D. and S.O. Ochola. (2002) A review of sediment gas cycling with reference to Lake Victoria and sediment gas measurements in Lake Tanganyika, p. 277-305. In E.O. Odada and D.O. Olago, eds. (2002) The East African Great Lakes: Limnology, Palaeolimnology and Biodiversity in Advances in Global Research book series by Kluwer Publishers, Dordrecht, the Netherlands. p. 598.