It was aimed at building the capacity of students in marine science.

This was to increase the capacity of students so that there would be more Ghanaian and African oceanographers to help develop the ocean and the environment.


Brian Arbic, an Associate Professor in Physical Oceanography in the University of Michigan, US, said the representation of Africa in worldwide Oceanographic meetings is small and therefore the need to train more scientists including oceanographers in Africa.

He said the exercise have trained the people to work more on environmental related issues and research to improve situations such as fisheries, water bodies among others.

Prof Arbic thus, called on more professionals to work on the challenges of oceans and water bodies in the country by using more sustainable methods and engage with the appropriate stakeholders to mitigate such incidence.

He expressed the hope that the training would generate the interest of many Ghanaians to help change the behaviour and mind set of the people.

The summer school, funded by National Science Foundation Grant and by a grant from the MCubed programme at the University of Michigan, US, was 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 had introduced the students to different disciplines as far as marine science is concerned.

She said based on that they could specialise to help combat the challenges.

The solution to coastal erosion in Ghana, she said it is a multi-faceted solution, which includes research institutions from academia, industries, indigenes, and government to curb the situation.

Looking at the importance and future implications of such programmes she, appealed to corporate institutions to throw their weight behind such initiatives to be able to help transform the economy.

She expressed gratitude to the Ministry of Petroleum, Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority, Ghana Shippers Authority and Global Cargo for their contributions towards the success of the training.

Topics treated at the training included Coastal and Estuarine Dynamics I, Coastal and Estuarine Dynamics II, Coastal and Estuarine Dynamics III, Oil and Gas Basin Development, Ocean Modelling, Biogeochemistry, and Satellite Oceanography which includes laboratory experiments as well.

Source: GNA/News Ghana


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