NASRDA Staff Clinches 2022 Commonwealth Scholarship Research Impact Award

Dr. Ikpaya David Ikpaya.
Dr. Ikpaya David Ikpaya.

The Commonwealth Scholarships (CSC) awards have declared a staff of the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA), Dr. Ikpaya David Ikpaya as the winner of the 2022 Research Impact Awards (RIA) Topical Prize for his clean energy-related research aimed at mitigating the effects of climate change on the environment.

A statement by the NASRDA spokesman, Dr. Felix Ale said Dr. Ikpaya’s article ‘Development of SHACS: Progress on Channel-1 Prototype Demonstrator’, published in IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing journal, is an atmospheric CO2 monitoring instrument suitable for both space-based and terrestrial-based observations. 

Ikpaya is a 2017 Rutherford Fellow who bagged a post-doctoral degree in remote sensing instrumentation at the University of Surrey. Ikpaya’s article explores the design and build of a spaceborne atmospheric carbon-dioxide monitoring instrument known as a spatial heterodyne atmospheric carbon-dioxide spectrometer (SHACS). 

According to the report, with various countries seeking to reduce carbon emissions in response to the global climate crisis, the SHACS instrument provides a cost-effective and affordable means for monitoring atmospheric CO2 levels globally. 

The report added that due to its compact configuration, the instrument fits into a micro-satellite size platform and can provide high-quality, hourly measurements of atmospheric CO2 concentration to inform policymakers. 

This research, initially funded by the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA), has received a wide range of interest from the space sector and academia as it is a compact, robust, cost-effective and high-performance instrument suitable for both space-based and in-situ observations. 

The CSC Research Impact Awards (RIA) celebrates the research and publication endeavours of Commonwealth scholars and alumni at the early and mid-career researcher stages. 

The annual awards are offered through two streams and promote the important research undertaken by doctoral Commonwealth scholars and alumni and its value to international development.

Alex Apeh
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