Professor Leonard Amekudzi, a lecturer at the Meteorology and Climate Science Unit of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), has called for the government to commit more resources into climate science studies.
He indicated that Ghana needed to move quickly to keep pace with climate science education.
That, he said, had become necessary amid the increasing threats posed by climate change.
He made reference to the changing weather pattern, which was affecting agricultural production, the intensity and frequency of storms, flooding, landslide and heat waves and said it was a wake-up call.
Prof. Amekudzi, who spoke to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in Kumasi, complained about the fast-paced urbanisation and the attendant destruction of the ecology and biodiversity.
He said it was pertinent to put in place comprehensive training programmes to build the capacity of the people – equip them with the expertise, techniques and knowledge to deal with the potential threats.
The climate scientist underlined that urbanisation and climate change would combine to shape global development in the near future.
It was on the account of this that there should be more well-trained people – technocrats to advise on climate change adaptation measures that could be incorporated into the nation’s development agenda. Prof. Amekudzi said this was the way forward to help strengthen Ghana’s disaster preparedness, planning and regulatory framework, to sustain it on the path of growth.