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Mr Michael Kumi


Senior Research Scientist
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ORCID: 0000-0003-2226-3154


BSc (University of Cape Coast), MSc (Mid-Sweden University)
2018 – To date: Senior Research Scientist

 Mr. Michael Kumi is a Senior Research Scientist of the Environmental Chemistry and Sanitation Engineering Division of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research- Water Research Institute (CSIR-WRI). He obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences with a major in Chemistry at the University of Cape Coast in 2001, Master’s degree in Ecotechnology and Sustainable Development (Environmental Science &Technology) in 2007, at the Mid Sweden University Östersund, Sweden. He has a vast experience in water quality monitoring, assessment of raw and drinking water quality, with various expertise including contamination and remediation, risk assessment, and water quality modelling. Using these expertise, his research focuses on: heavy metal assessment, nutrient in water, modelling, climate change, water quality for aquaculture, phytoremediation.

He has taught at the master level and supervised many students at both the Bachelors and Masters Levels at two Ghanaian Universities. He has also reviewed several articles for publication in international journals such as Water Science and Technology, Environmental Monitoring and Assessment and Applied Water Science. He has co-ordinated various consultancy services to governmental and non-governmental agencies, companies, communities and private individuals in the areas of water quality assessment of reservoirs, sachet water, borehole water,  rainwater quality, phytoremediation and ensuring water quality for aquaculture farming in Northern Ghana. He is also responsible for the supervision of Technical Staff. He has published over 13 peer-reviewed articles in international journals including Water and Environment, Water Resource and Protection, Earth and Climate Change etc. 


Research Interests

  •  Geochemical contaminations and deterioration of groundwater quality.
  • Pollution and ecological studies of Ramsar sites
  •  Emerging contaminants in water: Sources, fate and occurrence
  • Hydrological Response to Climate Change
  • Water Quality Monitoring and Modelling
  • Optimization of water quality monitoring network
  • Ecohydrology

Current Research

My research is in the area of water quality, trace metals, ecotechnology and focuses on physio-chemical assessment of water quality of aquaculture, wastewater and drinking water, and water quality modelling. Use of multi-tracers for sources characterization of surface and groundwater anticipated to contribute to resolving anthropogenic and hydrogeochemical contaminations which accounts for a long-term deterioration of water, through computational chemistry techniques and isotopic tracer technology. The work encompasses desktop studies, laboratory studies, combined with field aspects to prevent deterioration of water environment and its consequent effect on human health, which require critical information for the effective management of water resources. Thus, providing clean and affordable water to meet human needs is a great challenge of the 21st century.
Current Projects
Current research projects include:

1.       Pollution and ecological studies of two ramsar sites: Sakumo I and Sakumo II in Ghana
2.      Monthly Effluents Quality Monitoring of a Pharmaceutical in Accra
3.      Heavy Metal Assessment in Fishes and Sediment from Buipe, Yapei and Makango in Northern Region of Ghana.
4.      Risk Assessment of Commercially Available Fresh and Smoked-Dried Fishes from Buipe, Yapei and Makango in Northern Region of Ghana


(1)      Yeboah, F., Awotwi A., Forkuo, E.K., and Kumi, M. (2017). Assessing Land Use and Land Cover Changes due to Urban Growth in Accra, Ghana. Journal of Basic and Applied Research International. Vol. 22. No. 2. Pp 43 - 50

(2)     Awotwi, A., Kumi, M., Jansson, P. E., Yeboah, F., and Nti, I.K. (2015). Predicting Hydrological Response to Climate Change in the White Volta Catchment, West Africa. Journal of Earth and Climate. Vol. 6. No. 1. Pp.1 - 7

(3)      Quainoo, A. K., Konadu, A., and Kumi, M. (2015). The Potential of Shea Nut Shells in Phytoremediation of Heavy Metals in Contaminated Soil Using Lettuce (Lactuca sativa) as a Test Crop. Journal of Bioremediation and Biodegradation. Vol. 6. No. 1. Pp.1 - 7

(4)     Awotwi, A., Yeboah, F, and Kumi, M. (2014). Assessing the impact of land cover changes on water balance components of the White Volta Basin in West Africa. Water and Environment Journal. Vol. 29. No. 2. Pp. 1 - 9

(5)     Nkoom, M., Cobbina, S. J., and Kumi, M. (2013). Assessment of Endocrine Disrupting Trace Metals in River Samre at Samreboi in the Wassa Amenfi West District of the Western Region of Ghana. Journal of Water Resources and Protection. Vol. 5. No.10. Pp. 983-992.

(6)     Cobbina, S.J., Kumi, M., and Abdul-Latif, S. (2013). Water Quality Assessment of the Bontanga Reservoir. Journal of Environment and Earth Science. Vol. 3. No. 4. Pp.112 - 121

(7)     Kumi, M., Quainoo, A. K., and Antwi, C. K. (2013). The Role of Maize Tassels in Amelioration of Heavy Metal from Contaminated Soils and its Effects on Vegetables. Journal of Environment and Earth Science. Vol. 3. No. 1. Pp.192-199

(8)      Anim-Gyampo, M., Kumi, M., and Musah, S. Z. (2013). Heavy Metals Concentrations in some selected Fish Species in Tono Irrigation Reservoir in Navrongo, Ghana. Journal of Environment and Earth Science. Vol. 3. No. 1. Pp.109-119

(9)     Cobbina, S.J., Kumi, M., Salifu, L., and Duwiejua, A.B. (2013). Rainwater Quality Assessment in the Tamale Municipality. International Journal of Scientific and Technology Research. Vol. 2. No. 5. Pp.1-5.

(10)     Cobbina, S.J., Myilla, M, and Kumi, M. (2013). Small Scale Gold Mining and Heavy Metal Pollution: Assessment of Drinking Water Sources in Datuku in the Talensi-Nabdam District. International Journal of Scientific and Technology Research. Vol. 2. No. 1. Pp. 96-100.

(11)     Anim-Gyampo, M., Apori, N., and Kumi, M. (2012). Assessment of Heavy Metals in Waste Water Irrigated Lettuce in Ghana: The Case of Tamale Municipality. Journal of Sustainable Development. Vol.5. No.11. Pp. 93-102.


(12)     Boamponsem, G.A., Kumi, M. and Debrah, I. (2012). Heavy Metal Accumulation in Cabbage, Lettuce and Carrot Irrigated with Wastewater from Nagodi Mining Site in Ghana. International Journal of Scientific and Technology Research. Vol. 1. No. 11. Pp.124-129. 

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