2017 School at RMU


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.

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(from left to right) Elizabeth Kujawinski, Joseph Ansong, Johnson Adjetey, Adam Simon, Emily Shroyer, Ebenezer Nyadjro, Dmitris Menemenlis, Stephan Howden, Lily Yevugah, Madeline Foster-Martinez, Tsei Senam, Brian Arbic. (Not pictured: Andrew Lucas, Angela Lamptey)

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

Teaching Assistants

Four graduate students from the US joined the 2017 Summer School as teaching assistants, helping with the lectures and labs given during the week.

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(from left to right) Brian Konecke, Paige Martin, Madeline Foster-Martinez, Jennifer Moskel

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

Morning Lectures:

Opening Ceremony – VC Elvis Nyarko

Coastal and Estuarine Dynamics I – Dr. Emily Shroyer

Satellite Oceanography – Dr. Ebenezer Nyadjro

Fisheries and Aquaculture – Dr. Angela Lamptey

Afternoon Labs

Lab at the Beach

Satellite/Matlab – Dr. Ebenezer Nyadjro

Day 2: Tuesday, August 1

Morning Fieldtrip:

Tour of the Tema Port, led by Captain Johnson Adjetey

Boat ride

Afternoon Lectures:

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

Morning Lectures:

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

Afternoon Labs:

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

Morning Lectures:

Chemistry of the Ocean – Dr. Elizabeth Kujawinski

Tides – Dr. Brian Arbic

Estimating the Circulation and Climate of the Ocean (ECCO)  – Dr. Dmitris Menemenlis

Afternoon Labs:

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

Morning Lectures:

Discussion on Graduate School Opportunities, Scholarships, and Application Strategies – Dr. Ebenezer Nyadjro

Short Research Talks:

Brian Konecke

Paige Martin

Shri Adolphus M. G. D. Gleekia

Babatunde Adebo


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