2015 School at RMU

Overview

The 2015 Coastal Ocean Environment Summer School was held at Regional Maritime University (RMU) in Accra, Ghana from August 24-27, 2015. For its inaugural year, the summer school included lectures on chemical oceanography, satellite oceanography, internal gravity waves and ocean modelling, and basic topics in physical oceanography. About 35 participants attended most of the lectures, and about 20 additional participants attended a small number of lectures. The participants included many RMU faculty, one KNUST faculty member and student from the department of mechanical engineering, many KNUST NIMS students, one Associate Oceanographer from the EU-MESA project at the University of Ghana, and individuals from various governmental agencies and private-sector companies. The discussions after the lectures were very lively. RMU provided a delicious lunch and snacks through Goodrao Catering Services. One day, RMU provided a tour of its state-of-the-art training labs and facilities. At the end of the program, a closing ceremony was held, certificates were given to the participants, and the participants put forth valuable suggestions for how to improve future summer schools.

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Group photo on the third day of the 2015 summer school

Instructors:

Dr. Joseph K. Ansong, Research Scientist, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Michigan. Physical oceanography, ocean modeling, laboratory fluid dynamics.

Dr. Brian K. Arbic, Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Michigan. Physical oceanography, ocean modeling.

Dr. Ebenezer S. Nyadjro, Research Oceanographer, University of New Orleans and Naval Research Laboratory. Satellite oceanography.

Winn Johnson,  Graduate Student, Department of Chemistry, MIT/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program. Chemical oceanography

Mamudu Abdulai-Saiku, Faculty, Regional Maritime University. Maritime law.

2015 Schedule and Lectures

 Day 1: Monday, August 24

Simulation of eddies and tides in global HYCOM – Brian Arbic (University of Michigan)

–Accompanying animations: Pacific barotropic and baroclinic tides (Arbic et al. 2004); Global baroclinic tides (courtesy Harper Simmons; Simmons et al. 2004) [257 MB .fli animation of baroclinic tides in two-layer global baroclinic tide model]; North Pacific steric and non-steric sea surface heights from HYCOM simulation forced by both atmospheric fields and tides (Shriver et al. 2012)

 

 

Metabolic profiling of a latitudinal transect of the Atlantic Ocean – Winn Johnson (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

 

Satellite applications in tropical oceanography: Perspectives from the Atlantic and Indian Oceans – Ebenezer Nyadjro (University of New Orleans/Naval Research Laboratory)

 

Day 2: Tuesday, August 25

Physical Properties of Seawater – Brian Arbic (University of Michigan)
–Accompanying MATLAB Homework Set

 

The Chemical Composition of Seawater – Winn Johnson (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

 

Satellite Oceanography and Applications I: Infrared, SST, Ocean Color – Ebenezer Nyadjro (University of New Orleans/Naval Research Laboratory)

 

Internal Gravity Waves – Joseph Ansong (University of Michigan)

 

Marine Pollution: The Shipping Dimension – Mamudu Abdulai-Saiku (Regional Maritime University)

 

Day 3: Wednesday, August 26:

Satellite Oceanography and Applications 2: Radar altimetry, scatterometry, passive microwave/SAR – Ebenezer Nyadjro (University of New Orleans/Naval Research Laboratory)

 

Regional Ocean Modellng System (ROMS) – Joseph Ansong (University of Michigan)

 

Organic Contaminants in the Marine Environment – Winn Johnson (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

 

Tides & Supplement – Brian Arbic (University of Michigan)
–Accompanying MATLAB Homework Set

 

Day 4: Thursday, August 27

General Ocean Circulation – Brian Arbic (University of Michigan)
Accompanying animations:

 

Satellite Oceanography and Applications 3: Applications to seamanship, hands-on demonstrations, etc. – Ebenezer Nyadjro (University of New Orleans/Naval Research Laboratory)

 

Closing Ceremony:
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Participants and instructors gathered together at Regional Maritime University at the conclusion of the 2015 summer school