Prof. Kwadwo Owusu


Ph.D, Geography (Florida) 
MS. Geography (Florida) 
BA. (Honours) Geography (Ghana)

Areas of Specialisation
Weather and climate 
Climate and Society 
Climatic Change 

Courses Taught 

GEOG 203: Introduction to Weather and climate
GEOG 311: Arid Lands
GEOG 312: Climatology
GEOG 481: Climatic Change; Arid and Semi Arid Lands
GEOG 484: Climate and Society
CCSD 601: Climate Change: Science and Evidence
CCSD 606: Climate Change and Society

Current Research: 
Building Stronger Universities Phase III (BSU III). DANIDA October 1 2017 to September 30, 2021.

Climate Smart Cocoa Systems for Ghana (CLIMCOCOA) DANIDA-South Driven Research Projects No.16-P02-GHA June 1, 2016 - 30 November 2020.

Director / Professor


Selected Academic Publications

Articles in refereed journals

  1. Padi, M., Foli, B. A. K., Nyadjro, E. S., Owusu, K., & Wiafe, G. (2021). Extreme Rainfall Events Over Accra, GHana, in Recent Years. Remote Sensing in Earth Systems Sciences, 1-12. 
  2. Klutse, N.A.B., Owusu, K. & Nkrumah, F. & Anang, O. A. (2021) Projected rainfall changes and their implications for rainfed agriculture in northern Ghana. Weather 99(99).
  3. Akugre, F. A., Owusu, K., Wrigley-Asante, C.,   Lawson, E. T. (2021) How do land tenure rights influence adaptive responses of farmers? A study of crop farmers from semi-arid Ghana. GeoJournal, 1-16.
  4. Adjei, N S., Owusu, K., Yankson, P. W. K & Quansah E, (2021) Effects of socio-cultural norms on smallholder adaptation to climate change in the Nkoranza South municipality, Ghana. Development in Practice. 31:2, 161-173, DOI: 10.1080/09614524.2020.1829550
  5. Owusu, K., Obour, P.B., Oppong, R. & Boadi S. A. (2020) Climate change impacts on staple root and tuber crops production: implications for smallholder farmers’ livelihoods in rural Ghana. Journal of Sustainable Society Vol. 12, No. 3, 253-265
  6. Klutse, N.A.B., Owusu, K. & Boafo, Y. A. (2020) Projected temperature increases over northern Ghana. SN Applied Sciences 2 (8) 1-14.
  7. Obour P. B., Dadzie, F. A., Arthur E, Munkholm, L. J., Saba, C. K. S., Rubæk, G. H. & Owusu, K. (2020). Integration of farmers’ knowledge and science-based assessment of soil quality for peri-urban vegetable production in Ghana. Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems 35, 128–139. S1742170518000340
  8. Owusu, K, Emmanuel A. K, Musah-Surugu, I. J. & Yankson, P. W. K. (2019) "The effects of 2015 El Nino on smallholder maize production in the transitional ecological zone of Ghana", International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management, https://
  9. Owusu K., Boadi, S. A & Serlom D (2019) El Niño-Southern Oscillation, rainfall variability and sustainable agricultural development in the Ho Municipality, Ghana. Natural Resources Forum.43(1) 31-40 DOI: 10.1111/1477-8947.1216
  10. Owusu, K., Asiedu, A. B., Yankson, P. W. K. & Boafo Y. A. (2019) Impacts of Ghana’s Bui dam hydroelectricity project on the livelihood of downstream non-resettled communities. Sustainability Science 14(2) 487-499
  11. Owusu, K. (2018) Rainfall changes in the savannah zone of northern Ghana 1961–2010. Weather. 73(2) 46-50 DOI:10.1002/wea.2999
  12. Alare, R. S., Owusu E. H. & Owusu K. (2018) Climate Smart Agriculture Practices in Semi-arid Northern Ghana: Implications for Sustainable Livelihoods. Journal of Sustainable Development; 11(5) 57-70 doi:10.5539/jsd.v11n5p5
  13. Musah-Surugu, J. I., Owusu, K., Yankson, P. W. K. & Ayisi, E. K. (2018) Mainstreaming climate change into local governance: financing and budgetary compliance in selected local governments in Ghana. Development in Practice, 28:1, 6580, DOI: 10.1080/09614524.2018.1398717
  14. Abass, A. Y., Mensah, A., Salifu, M. & Owusu, K. (2018) Social Differences in the Vulnerability and Adaptation Patterns among Smallholder Farmers: Evidence from Lawra District in the Upper West Region of Ghana. Journal of Economics and Sustainable Development 9(10) 175-187
  15. Owusu, K., Yankson, P. W. K., Asiedu, A. B. & Obour, P. B. (2017) Resource utilization conflict in downstream non-resettled communities of the Bui Dam in Ghana. Natural Resources Forum 41, 234–243 DOI: 10.1111/1477-8947.12139
  16. Wrigley-Asante, C., Owusu, K., Egyir, I. S. & Owiyo, T. M. (2017) Gender dimensions of climate change adaptation practices: the experiences of smallholder crop farmers in the transition zone of Ghana. African Geographical Review
  17. Quagraine, K. A., Klutse, N. A. B., Nkrumah, F., Adukpo, D. C. & Owusu, K. (2017) Changes in Rainfall Characteristics in Wenchi and Saltpond Farming Areas of Ghana. International Journal of Geosciences Vol 8, 305-317
  18. Boadi, S. A., & Owusu, K. (2017). Impact of Climate Change and Variability on Hydropower in Ghana. African Geographical Review 1-15
  19. Yankson, P. W. K., Asiedu, A. B., Owusu, K, Urban, F. & Siciliano, G. (2017) The Livelihood Challenges of Resettled Communities of the Bui Dam Project in Ghana and the Role of Chinese Dam-builders -Development Policy Review, Dev Policy Rev. doi:10.1111/dpr.12259
  20. Owusu, K. & Teye J. K. (2015) Supplementing urban water supply with rainwater harvesting in Accra, Ghana. International Journal of Water Resources Development 31(4): 630-639
  21. Klutse, N. A. B., Sylla, M. B., Arona Dhiédiou , Kamga, A., Abdou, A., Lamptey, B.,  Gbobaniyi, E., Owusu, K., Lennard , C., Hewitson , B., Diosio, A.,  Nikulin, G., Panitz, H., & Büchner, M.  (2015) Daily Characteristics of West African Monsoon Rainfall in CORDEX Regional Climate Models. Theoretical and applied Climatology. DOI:10.1007/s00704-014-1352-3
  22. Obour, P. B., Owusu, K., Agyeman, E. A., Ahenkan, A. & Àngel Navarro Madrid (2015) The impacts of dams on local livelihoods: a study of the Bui Hydroelectric Project in Ghana, International Journal of Water Resources Development, DOI:10.1080/07900627.2015.1022892
  23. Klutse, N. A. B., Fred Aboagye-Antwi, F., Owusu, K. & Ntiamoa-Baidu, Y. (2014) Assessment of Patterns of Climate Variables and Malaria Cases in Two Ecological Zones of Ghana. Open Journal of Ecology, 4, 764-775
  24. Waylen, P. R. & Owusu, K. (2014) Changes in Expectations and Extremes in the Rainfall Climatology of Accra, Ghana, 1895-2005. Applied Geography 52, 99-109
  25. Francis, N., Klutse, N. A. B., Adukpo, D. C., Owusu, K., Quagraine, K. A., Owusu, A. & Gutowski Jr., W (2014) Rainfall variability over Ghana: model versus rain gauge observation. International Journal of Geosciences Vol 5, 673-683
  26. Gyau, A., Franzel,S., Chiatoh, M., Nimino, G. & Owusu, K. (2014) Collective action to improve market access for smallholder producers of agroforestry products: key lessons learned with insights from Cameroon’s experience, Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, Vol 6, 68-72
  27. Klutse, N. A. B., Owusu, K., Adukpo, D, C.  Nkrumah, F., Quagraine, K., Owusu A. & Gutowski W. J. (2013) Farmer’s observation on climate change impacts on maize (Zea mays) production in a selected agroecological zone in Ghana. Research Journal of Agriculture and Environmental Management. Vol. 2 (12) 394-402
  28. Owusu, K. & Klutse, N. A. B. (2013) Simulation of the Rainfall Regime over Ghana from CORDEX. International Journal of Geosciences Vol. 4, 785-791
  29. Owusu, K. & Waylen, P. R. (2013) Identification of historic shifts in daily rainfall regime, Wenchi, Ghana. Climatic Change Vol. 117 (1-2) 133-147
  30. Owusu, K, Asiedu A.B., Yankson P.W. K. & Ntiamoa-Baidu, Y. (2013) An Assessment of Climate and Climate Change Content of Courses and Research at the University of Ghana. NCTE Tertiary Education Series Vol.6 (1) 1-12
  31. Owusu, K. & Waylen, P. R. (2013) The changing rainy season climatology of mid-Ghana. Theoretical and applied Climatology Vol. 112 (3-4) 419-430
  32. Owusu, K (Forthcoming) Climate Change Scenarios “Overarching Issues in the Global Debate on Climate Change” Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences. Annual compendium of Special Events 2010.  Proceedings of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences Issue Number 9964-950-42-X.
  33. Oteng-Ababio, M., Owusu, K. & Addo K. A. (2011) The Vulnerable State of the Ghana Coast:  The Case of Faana-Bortianor. Journal of Disaster Risk Studies 3:2 429-442
  34. Owusu, K. & Waylen, P. R. (2009) Trends in Spatio-Temporal Rainfall Variability in Ghana, (1951-2000). Weather 64: 5 115-120
  35. Owusu, K., Waylen, P. R. & Qui, Y. (2008) Changing Rainfall Inputs in the Volta Basin: Implications for Water Sharing in Ghana. GeoJournal Vol.71: (4) 201-210


Refereed Book Chapters

  1. Obour P.B., Owusu K. (2021) Climate Change Adaptation and Transformation of Smallholder Farming System in Mid-Ghana. In book: Leal Filho W., Luetz J., Ayal D. (eds) Handbook of Climate Change Management. Springer, Cham.
  2. Owusu, K., & Obour, P. B. (2020) Urban flooding, adaptation strategies and resilience: A case study of Accra, Ghana. In book: African Handbook of Climate Change Adaptation. Eds. Leal Filho W., Ogugu N., Adelake L., Ayal D., da Silva I. (eds). Springer, Cham.
  3. Owusu, K., Yankson, P. W. K., Asiedu, A. B. & Tutu-Benefor, D. (2019). Climate Change Impacts on Two Coastal Metropolitan Areas in Ghana. In book: Climate Change in Ghana. The Human Dimension Publisher: Afram Publication (Ghana) Limited Eds. Coudjoe, S. & Dovie. B. D.
  4. Yankson, P. W. K., Owusu, K. & Asiedu, A. B. (2017) The environmental and social governance of the Bui Dam project in Ghana. In Book: Chinese Hydropower Development in Africa and Asia. Challenges and Opportunities for Sustainable Global Dam-Building Eds. Siciliano, G and Urban, F
  5. Obour, P. B., Owusu, K., & Teye, J. K., (2017) From seasonal migrants to settlers: climate change and permanent migration to the transitional zone of Ghana.  In book: Migration and Development in Africa: Trends, Challenges, and Policy Implications. Publishers, Lexington Books.
  6. Owusu, K., Obour, P. B., & Baffour-Asare, S. (2015) Climate Variability and Climate Change Impacts on Smallholder Farmers in the Akuapem North District, Ghana  DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-40455-9_111-1 In book: Handbook of Climate Change Adaptation, Publisher: Springer Berlin Heidelberg, Editors: Walter Leal Filho, pp.1-13
  7. Teye, J. K. & Owusu, K. (2015) Dealing with Climate Change in the Coastal Savannah Zone of Ghana: In Situ Adaptation Strategies and Migration. Environmental Change, Adaptation and Migration. Bringing in the Region, Edited by Felicitas Hillmann, Marie Pahl, Birte Rafflenbeul, Harald Sterly  09/2015 Chapter 11: pp Palgrave Macmillan., ISBN: 9781137538901
  8. Gyaase, P. O. & Owusu, K. (2014) Dissemination of Climate Information and Market Driven Extension Services to Smallholder Farmers in Africa Using Mobile Technology: The Case of Esoko Ghana Commodity Index. The African Mobile Story, Edited by Knud Erik Skouby, Williams Idongesit, 03/2014: Chapter 8: pages 139-154; River Publishers., ISBN: 9788793102637s


Other Publications

  1. Owusu, K., Ahenkan, A. & Twum, E. (2015) QA/QC Plan and Guidance on Uncertainty Management for National Greenhouse Gas Inventory. EPA/UNDP, Accra, Ghana
  2. Egyir, I. S., Owusu, K., Jatoe, J. D. & Wrigley-Asante, C. (2014) Climate Change and Agricultural Adaptation Measures in the Transition Zone of Mid-Ghana. Final Research Report. USAID
  3. Nelson, W., Yaro, J., Owusu, K. & Twumasi, K (2012) National Climate Change Adaptation Strategy. EPA Accra Ghana.
  4. Oppong-Boadi, K. Y., Tutu Benefoh, D. Adu, J., Obeng-Ofori, D., Tutu, K. Owusu, K., Awudi, G. Oduro-Amoateng, M & Oppong, S. K.  (2011) Ghana’s second national Communication to the UNFCCC. EPA Accra, Ghana.
  5. Owusu, K. (2010) Further Work on Ghana’s List of Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAS) for Energy, Transport and Infrastructure Sectors submitted to the UNFCCC. Final Report, Environmental Protection Agency. Accra, Ghana December, 2010
  6. Canales, G., Coles, B., Cornejo, C., Fletcher, T., Manganyi, T., Owusu, K., Painter, K., Pellish, H., Stonerook, E. & Wilsey, D. (2005) Perceptions and Attitudes of Smallholder Farmers in North Central Florida regarding the Potential Usefulness of Seasonal Climate Forecasts. Publication of the Southeast Climate Consortium Technical Report Series: SECC-50-003 Gainesville, FL, July 2005