Mercy Ade

PhD Student

I am a physical geographer with research interests in sustainability and natural hazards management.  I have been involved in several youth-targeted community/voluntary activities.  I channel my knowledge toward constructive work, helping those in need, solving environmental and community problems.

Qualifications

BSc (Hons) Geography (Benue State University, Nigeria)

MSc GIS (University of Ibadan, Nigeria) 

Professional Affiliations

  • Postgraduate Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographers (RGS-IBG)
  • RGS-IBG Geographic Information Science Research Group (member)
  • RGS-IBG Postgraduate Forum (Member)
  • Member, Association of Nigerian Geographers (ANG)
  • Member, British Society for Geomorphology 

 

Research

My major research interest covers the study of the physical environment (climate, land use, impacts and associated changes) and food security.  My interest in these issues deepened as a direct result of the 2012 flood Nigeria experienced.  

My current research on land use/land cover change, climate variabilities and risk assessments in the Benue Trough of Nigeria is focused on:

  • Assessing impact (socio-economic and physical) from the perspective of the community/resilience
  • Evaluating the risks/vulnerability of different land uses/land cover to changes using meteorological and other environmental parameters and attempt vulnerability mapping
  • Assessing how changes in behavior and land use could impact flood occurrence, and examining public awareness of this
  • Examining the effects of climate variability on flooding/flood impacts

My recent research was conducted using geospatial techniques in collaboration with other researchers covering analysis of land suitability for upland rice farming, suitability analysis of landfill for solid waste disposal (both in 2015) and assessing the impact of bushfires on vegetation (in 2016), all in Abuja. 

Published work

Ade, M.A (2014) The application of Geographic Information Systems in land suitability rating for lowland rice production in Benue State. Ethiopian Journal of Environmental Studies and Management Vol 7 supplement 1 2014. ISSN-1998-0507. Pages 695-708

Ade M.A and Benjamin. B (2015) Change detection analysis of the Nimbia forests and its environs using Geospatial techniques. Nigerian Geographical Journal Vol 10, (2) 2015 pp13-21

Ade M.A (2015) Time series analysis of the Federal Capital Territory and its environs using Geospatial techniques. Nigerian Geographical Journal Vol 10, (2) 2015 pp 50-63

Ade M.A (2015) Migration dynamics and the consequences on the environment: A case study of Kubwa Abuja. International Journal of Economy, Management and Social sciences TI Journals, Vol 4. No 2. 2015 page 126-134(online)

Ade M.A and Afolabi, Y (2013)  Monitoring Urban sprawl in the Federal Capital Territory of Nigeria using remote sensing and GIS techniques: Ethiopian Journal of Environmental Studies and Management volume 6 number 1, 2013 pages 82-95

Akoteyon I.S and Ade M.A (2013) Assessment of shallow well quality for irrigation: A case study of Lagos, Nigeria: Academic Research International (Natural and Applied Sciences) volume 4 number 1, 2013 pages 19-31

Ade, M.A (2011) “Flooding on the Lower floodplains of Guma River” at the 53rd annual conference(ANG) at Lagos State University between 21st -25th of November 2011: A book of Abstracts on Transport, Environment and Integrated National Development pp 141-142

Ade, M.A (2007) "The application of Geographic Information Systems in Land suitability rating for low land rice production in Benue State" 49TH Annual National Geographers Conference(ANG) at the University of Abuja 15th -19th October 2007: Urbanisation, Resource Exploitation and Environmental Stability in Nigeria, Conference book of proceedings pp 107-116

Reviewer of Journal Paper Urban Sprawl analysis and transportation using cellular Automata and Markov chain for Physical Science International Journal under Science Domain International (February 2014)

Conference papers

2011

‘’Monitoring urban sprawl in the Federal Capital Territory of Nigeria using remote sensing and GIS techniques” at the 53rd annual conference (ANG) at Lagos State University between 21st -25th of November 2011

“Flooding on the Lower floodplains of Guma River” at the 53rd annual conference (ANG) at Lagos State University between 21st -25th of November 2011

2007

"The application of Geographic Information Systems in Land suitability rating for low land rice production in Benue State" at the 49TH Annual National Geographers Conference (ANG) at the University of Abuja 15th -19th October 2007