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Dr Patroba Odera

Senior Lecturer
+27 (0)21 650 3577
patroba.odera@uct.ac.za

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BSc in Surveying (University of Nairobi, 2001)
MSc in Surveying (University of Nairobi, 2005)
PhD in Earth and Planetary Sciences (Kyoto University, 2012)

Research Group (under construction)

Geodesy, Earth Observation and Spatial Analysis

Research Areas

Establishment of modern horizontal and vertical geodetic reference frames, geoid determination and analysis, effective application of GNSS in local and regional positioning and surveying, unification of local/regional vertical and horizontal geodetic reference frames, determination and monitoring of Earth deformations and plate tectonics movements, modelling surface/ground water using terrestrial and satellite gravity data, investigating surface and subsurface geologic structures using terrestrial and satellite techniques, geodetic network design and adjustments, numerical and approximation methods in geodesy and geomatics engineering, coordinate transformations, development and application of geospatial technologies (GNSS, Remote Sensing, GIS), and improvement of land and engineering surveying techniques.

Current Research

  • Precise geoid/quasi-geoid modelling to facilitate establishment of modern geodetic vertical datum
  • Regional/national vertical datum unification - towards the implementation of the International Height Reference System (IHRS)
  • Establishment of modern regional/national horizontal reference frames consistent with the International Terrestrial Reference Frame (ITRF), including related transformations, to facilitate direct use of GNSS for various geospatial applications
  • Modelling surface/ground water using terrestrial and satellite data
  • Investigating surface and subsurface geologic structures through gravity modelling and interpretation
  • Spatial modelling for disease control interventions using geospatial techniques
  • Estimation of forest biomass using satellite and terrestrial data
  • Analysis of unmanned aerial system (UAS) products to facilitate rapid spatial positioning in land surveying
  • Analysis of spatial urban growth and related sprawl to facilitate urban planning and related interventions
  • Digital terrain modelling and assessment

Research Candidates

Matthews Siphiwe Mphuthi (PhD)

Cameron Henri van Eck (MSc)

Zininzi Phikiso (MSc)

Abdulmajid Aminu (MSc)

Navya Saira George (MSc)

Hasan Ahmed Mahomedy (MSc)

Makhosi Moremi (MSc)

Sakumzi Thabang Sitolotolo (MSc)

Publications

Odera, P.A., 2019. Assessment of the latest GOCE-based global gravity field models using height and free-air gravity anomalies over South Africa. Arabian Journal of Geosciences, Vol. 12 (5), No. 145, pp. 1–7. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12517-019-4337-9

Mugo, G.M. and Odera, P.A., 2019. Site Selection for Rainwater Harvesting Structures in Kiambu County-Kenya. Egyptian Journal of Remote Sensing and Space Sciences, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejrs.2018.05.003

Macharia, P.M., Odera, P.A., Noor, A.M. and Snow, R.W., 2017.  Spatial models for the rational allocation of routinely distributed bed nets to public health facilities in western Kenya. Malaria Journal, Vol. 16(1), No. 367, pp. 1–11. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12936-017-2009-3

Odera, P.A. and Fukuda, Y., 2017. Evaluation of GOCE-based global gravity field models over Japan after the full mission using free-air gravity anomalies and geoid undulations. Earth, Planets and Space, Vol. 69, No. 135, pp. 1–7. https://doi.org/10.1186/s40623-017-0716-1

Mbani, B.O., Odera, P.A., and Kenduiywo, B.K., 2017. Crime mapping using Artificial Intelligent Agents in Nairobi City County, Kenya. Geoinformatics and Geostatistics: An Overview, Vol. 5(4). https://doi.org/10.4172/2327-4581.1000171

Mutwiri, F.K., Odera, P.A. and Kinyanjui, J.M., 2017. Estimation of Tree Height and Forest Biomass Using Airborne LiDAR Data: A Case Study of Londiani Forest Block in the Mau Complex, Kenya. Open Journal of Forestry, Vol. 7, No. 2, pp. 255–269. https://doi.org/10.4236/ojf.2017.72016

Gathu, J.N., Odera, P.A. and Waithaka, E.H., 2017.Determination of Suitable Sites for Establishment of Large-Scale Concentrated Solar Power Plants in Kenya. Natural Resources, Vol. 8, pp.  1–23. https://doi.org/10.4236/nr.2017.81001

Maina, E.W., Odera, P.A. and Kinyanjui, J.M., 2017. Estimation of Above Ground Biomass in Forests Using Alos Palsar Data in Kericho and Aberdare Ranges. Open Journal of Forestry, Vol. 7, pp. 79–96. https://doi.org/10.4236/ojf.2017.72006

Odera, P.A., 2016. Assessment of EGM2008 using GPS/levelling and free-air gravity anomalies over Nairobi County and its environs. South African Journal of Geomatics, Vol. 5, No. 1, pp. 17–30. https://doi.org/10.4314/sajg.v5i1.2

Ouma, P.O., Odera, P.A. and Mukundi, J.B., 2016. Spatial Modelling of Weather Variables for Plant Disease Applications in Mwea Region. Journal of Geoscience and Environment Protection, Vol. 4, pp. 127–136. https://doi.org/10.4236/gep.2016.45013

Odera, P.A. and Fukuda, Y., 2015. Recovery of orthometric heights from ellipsoidal heights using offsets method over Japan. Earth, Planets and Space, Vol. 67(1), No. 134, pp. 1–7. https://doi.org/10.1186/s40623-015-0306-z

Odera, P.A. and Fukuda, Y., 2015. Comparison of Helmert and rigorous orthometric heights over Japan. Earth, Planets and Space, Vol. 67(1), No. 27, pp. 1–9. https://doi.org/10.1186/s40623-015-0194-2

Odera, P.A. and Fukuda, Y., 2014.  Improvement of the geoid model over Japan using integral formulae and combination of GGMs. Earth, Planets and Space, Vol. 66(1), No. 22, pp. 1–7. https://doi.org/10.1186/1880-5981-66-22

Odera, P.A. and Fukuda, Y., 2013. Towards an improvement of the geoid model in Japan by GOCE data: A Case study of the Shikoku area. Earth, Planets and Space, Vol. 65, No. 4, pp. 361–366. https://doi.org/10.5047/eps.2012.07.005

Odera, P.A., Fukuda, Y. and Kuroishi, Y., 2012. A high-resolution gravimetric geoid model for Japan from EGM2008 and local gravity data. Earth, Planets and Space, Vol. 64, No. 5, pp. 361–368. https://doi.org/10.5047/eps.2011.11.004