The 2017 Coastal Ocean Environment Summer School in Ghana was hosted by the Regional Maritime University in Accra, Ghana from July 31 – August 4. The size of the US and Ghanaian contingents was comparable to those in the 2016 school. The scope of the subjects covered was also comparable. New features in the 2017 school included significant participation from other West African countries, notably Nigeria and Liberia, and a boat trip, during which oceanographic instrumentation was deployed. Four US graduate students participated in the school. A flyer for the school can be downloaded here.
The 2017 Summer School had instructors from the Regional Maritime University, the University of Ghana, and several US institutions.
Captain Johnson Adjetey, Regional Maritime University
Dr. Joseph K. Ansong, University of Ghana
Dr. Brian K. Arbic, Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Michigan. Physical oceanography, ocean modeling.
Madeline Foster-Martinez, PhD student at University of California, Berkeley
Dr. Stephan D. Howden, Professor, Division of Marine Science in the School of Ocean Science and Technology, University of Southern Mississippi. Hydrographic science and observational physical oceanography.
Dr. Angela Lamptey, Lecturer, Department of Marine and Fisheries Sciences, University of Ghana. Fisheries science and management.
Dr. Andrew J. Lucas, Professor, Scripps Institution of Oceanography and Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of California San Diego. Observational physical oceanography, impact of ocean physics on primary productivity.
Dr. Elizabeth B. Kujawinski, Associate Scientist, Department of Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Organic biogeochemistry, analytical chemistry, marine microbiology.
Dr. Dmitris Menemenlis, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA
Dr. Ebenezer S. Nyadjro, Research Oceanographer, University of New Orleans and Naval Research Laboratory. Satellite oceanography.
Dr. Emily L. Shroyer, Professor, Oregon State University. Observational physical oceanography, coastal oceanography.
Dr. Adam C. Simon, Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Michigan. Economic geology, oil and gas basin development, ore deposits.
Tsei Senam, Regional Maritime University
Lily L. Yevugah, PhD student at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology
Four graduate students from the US joined the 2017 Summer School as teaching assistants, helping with the lectures and labs given during the week.
Madeline Foster-Martinez, University of California, Berkeley
Brian Konecke, University of Michigan
Paige Martin, University of Michigan
Jennifer Moskel, Oregon State University
2017 Schedule and Lectures/Labs
Day 1: Monday, July 31
Opening Ceremony – VC Elvis Nyarko
Coastal and Estuarine Dynamics I – Dr. Emily Shroyer
Satellite Oceanography – Dr. Ebenezer Nyadjro
Fisheries and Aquaculture – Dr. Angela Lamptey
Lab at the Beach
Satellite/Matlab – Dr. Ebenezer Nyadjro
Day 2: Tuesday, August 1
Tour of the Tema Port, led by Captain Johnson Adjetey
Hydrography – Dr. Stephan Howden
Coastal and Estuarine Dynamics II – Dr. Andrew Lucas
e-Waste and Biofuels Sustainability – Dr. Adam Simon
Day 3: Wednesday, August 2
Satellite Oceanography/Ocean Data View (download Ocean Data View User’s Guide) – Mr. Tsei Senam
Ocean Modeling – Dr. Joseph Ansong
Oil and Gas Basin Development – Dr. Adam Simon (Supplementary videos: Oil and gas formation, Seismic reflection – download zip file)
Mangroves – Madeline Foster-Martinez and Lily Lisa Yevugah
Hydrography (download zip file) – Dr. Stephan Howden
Oil and Gas Development – Dr. Adam Simon
Physics of Fluids – Dr. Andrew Lucas and Dr. Emily Shroyer
Day 4: Thursday, August 3
Chemistry of the Ocean – Dr. Elizabeth Kujawinski
Tides – Dr. Brian Arbic
Estimating the Circulation and Climate of the Ocean (ECCO) – Dr. Dmitris Menemenlis
Data Analysis (download zip file of Matlab files and data) – Dr. Emily Shroyer and Dr. Andrew Lucas
Chemical Oceanography – Dr. Elizabeth Kujawinski
Ocean Modeling and ECCO – Dr. Joseph Ansong and Dr. Dmitris Menemenlis
Day 5: Friday, August 4
Discussion on Graduate School Opportunities, Scholarships, and Application Strategies – Dr. Ebenezer Nyadjro
Short Research Talks:
Shri Adolphus M. G. D. Gleekia
Biotic Health Assessment of Kpong Reservoir in Ghana using Fish-Based Index of Biotic Integrity – F. A. Ali, P. K. Ofori-Danson, F. K. E. Nunoo, R. T. Idowu
Climate Change and its Effect on Port Operations – Ebenezer Smith, Delali Gnahouame
The Influence of Cage Culture on Fish Relative Abundance and Species Diversity – M. Y. Ameworwor, M. N. K. Clottey, R. Asmah, P. K. Ofori-Danson
Determination of Mean Sea Level using Satellite Altimetry Data: A Case Study – Vunase Gideon
Innovation of Mining Engineering 2017 – Adolphus M. G. D. Gleekia
Assessment of Environmental Impacts of Iron Ore Mining and its Mitigation Measures – Adolphus M. G. D. Gleekia and H. B. Sahu
The Viability of Marine Plastic Pollutants as a Raw Material – Richmond Kennedy Quarcoo
Link to individual certificate presentation photos (available for download)
Photos by Stephan Howden, Nick King, Elizabeth Kujawinski, Paige Martin, Dmitris Menemenlis