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Dr. Felicia O. Akinyemi is based in the Land System and Sustainable Land Management research unit of the Institute of Geography, University of Bern, Switzerland. In the context of the Seal of Excellence Fund (SELF), her research addresses pressure on land focusing on land use change with land degradation and the impacts on the social-ecological resilience of agroecosystems. Spatially explicit modelling of historical and future land use change is conducted mostly with satellite Remote Sensing time-series data. A certified Geographic Information System professional (GISP), she combines core expertise in remote sensing, spatial statistics and natural resources analysis.

Research gate

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Areas of professional focus

  • Spatially explicit modelling of land use patterns and processes (peri-urban)
  • Land use change impacts on social-ecological systems
  • Integrated cloud-based geospatial computing, machine learning and R
  • Remote Sensing and in-situ based land degradation assessment, Composite Land Degradation Index, UN Land Degradation Neutrality
  • Modelling vegetation processes, incl. crop conditions, with Remote Sensing satellite time series
  • Climate variability and climate change impact and adaptation.
  • Sustainable use of natural resources in smallholder agro-pastoral systems
  • GIS education across disciplines and in schools

Experience in teaching

  • Remote Sensing for Earth and Environmental Science
  • Natural Resources Management 
  • Introduction to Biophysical Environment
  • Introduction to Human Environment
  • Geographic Information System and Databases
  • GIS Issues and Management

Professional Affiliation


Risk & Resilience Cluster, Institute of Geography, University of Bern

Selection (last 5 years)


Akinyemi FO, Ghazaryan G, Dubovyk O. 2021. Assessing UN indicators of Land Degradation Neutrality and proportion of degraded land over Botswana using Remote Sensing based national level metrics. Land Degradation and Development. 32(1), 158-172. doi:10.1002/ldr.3695

Akinyemi FO. 2021. Vegetation trends, drought severity and land use-land cover change during the growing season in semi-arid contexts. Remote Sensing 13: 836. doi: 10.3390/rs13050836

Akinyemi FO, Ikanyeng M, Muro J. 2020. Land cover change effects on land surface temperature trends in an African urbanizing dryland region. City and Environment Interactions. doi:10.1016/j.cacint.2020.100029


Mhete M, Eze PN, Rahube TO, Akinyemi FO (2020). Soil properties influence bacterial abundance and diversity under different land-use regimes in semi-arid environments. Scientific African 7, e00246. Elsevier


Akinyemi FO, Tlhalerwa LT, Eze PN (2019). Land degradation assessment in an African dryland context based on the Composite Land Degradation Index and Mapping method. Geocarto International. Taylor and Francis

Akinyemi FO, Kgomo MO (2019). Vegetation dynamics in African drylands: An assessment based on the Vegetation Degradation Index in an agro-pastoral region of Botswana. Regional Environmental Change 19(7), 2027-2039. Springer Nature  

Akinyemi FO, Abiodun BJ (2019). Potential impacts of global warming levels 1.5oC and above on climate extremes in Botswana. Climatic Change 154, 387–400. Springer Nature


Akinyemi FO, Mashame G (2018). Analysis of land change in the dryland agricultural landscapes of eastern Botswana. Land Use Policy 76: 798-811. Elsevier

Akinyemi FO (2018). Incorporating Geographic Information Science in the BSc Environmental Science program in Botswana. Proceedings, International Cartographic Association, vol. 1, 3.


Akinyemi FO (2017). Land change in the central Albertine Rift: Insight from analysis and mapping of land use-cover change in north-western Rwanda. Applied Geography 87: 127-138. Elsevier

Akinyemi FO, Pontius, Jr RG, Braimoh AK (2017). Land change dynamics: Insights from Intensity Analysis applied to an African emerging city. Journal of Spatial Science 62(1): 69-83. Taylor and Francis

Akinyemi FO (2017). Climate change and variability in semi-arid Palapye, Eastern Botswana: An assessment from smallholder farmers’ perspective. Weather Climate Society 9:349-365. American Meteorological Society

Kebonye N, Eze P, Akinyemi FO (2017). Long-term treated wastewater impacts and source identification of heavy metal in semi-arid soil of Central Botswana Geoderma Regional 10: 200-214. Elsevier  


Mashame G, Akinyemi FO (2016). Towards a Remote Sensing based assessment of land susceptibility to degradation: Examining seasonal variation in land use-cover for modelling land degradation in a semi-arid context. Annals of Photogrammetry Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Science 3(8): 137-144. International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing

Akinyemi FO (2016). Technology use in Rwandan secondary schools: An assessment of teachers’ attitudes towards GIS. International Research in Geography and Environmental Education 25(1):1-16.