Kwamina Tandoh, GNA
Accra, Aug. 2, GNA - A five-day summer school intended to help build the capacity of students in marine science and heighten interest in oceanography study, has opened in Accra.
The summer school, funded by National Science Foundation Grant and by a grant from the MCubed programme at the University of Michigan, USA, is being done in collaboration with the Department of Marine and Fisheries Sciences, University of Ghana, Legon.
Dr Edem Mahu, Researcher at the Department of Marine and Fisheries Sciences, said the programme was also to help build capacity of the participants in combating coastal erosion
He said Ghana was losing much revenue due to poor development of coastal regions for tourism.
Dr Mahu said marine pollution, coastal erosion and poor development of coastal areas have made the country unattractive to tourists.
“Conservation of the ocean is part of the Sustainable Development Goals of Ghana, we are looking at some of the current issues we have bothering our own nation concerning coastal areas”.
“Other countries are making huge sums of money from coastal tourism because of the unique and serene nature of their beaches and ours is full of litter causing us not to maximize its potential,” she said.
Dr Mahu expressed the hope that students after gaining knowledge would contribute their quota to the sustainability of the coastal areas and further enroll in the study for the Department to continue with its efforts.
“We also have issues with fisheries, we realise that our fish stocks are declining and also ocean productivity is one of the key themes of this summer school, we will be introducing the students to primary productivity of the ocean and how that can boost the fisheries and fisheries management techniques”, she said.
The solution to coastal erosion in Ghana, she said, is a multi-faceted solution which includes research institutions from academia, industries, indigenes, and government to curb the situation.
The programme would afford participants the opportunity to network and gain knowledge on topics to be treated from a team of lecturers from the University of Michigan, University of New Orleans and Naval Research Laboratory, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, USA and University of Ghana, Legon.
Topics to be treated include Coastal and Estuarine Dynamics I, Coastal and Estuarine Dynamics II, Coastal and Estuarine Dynamics III, Oil and Gas Basin Development, Ocean Modeling, Biogeochemistry, and Satellite Oceanography which includes laboratory experiments as well.
Brian Arbic, an Associate Professor in Physical Oceanography in the University of Michigan, USA, said the representation of Africa in worldwide Oceanographic meetings is small hence the need to train more scientists including oceanographers in Africa.