A summer school on oceanography and the environment: Capacity building in Ghana, West Africa
Development in sub-Saharan Africa is impacted by a long list of marine and other environmental issues, including the sustainability of freshwater sources, fishing, oil and natural gas production, sea level rise, coastal erosion, shipping, and piracy. To help build African expertise in these subject areas, we will run a summer school focused on oceanography and the environment in Ghana. We will build upon a summer school, held at the Regional Maritime University in August 2015, that focused on basic physical oceanography (Arbic), basic chemical oceanography, satellite oceanography, and ocean modeling. MCubed funds will broaden the school topics to offshore oil and natural gas deposits (Simon) and the dynamics of rivers and freshwater sustainability (Cotel). In the longer term we plan to use distance learning to extend the reach of the summer school to institutions throughout sub-Saharan Africa.
$23,587 grant from the International Centre for Theoretical Physics