This year’s school was held August 5-10 at Regional Maritime University (RMU) in Accra, Ghana. The size of the school was similar to the two previous years, with participants primarily from Ghana and Nigeria, as well as Benin, Liberia, Côte d’Ivoire, and Cameroon. We had a field trip to the Tema Port on Tuesday morning, where all participants took a short boat ride and collected some data samples. This year’s school, following the success of the previous year’s school, offered a project track for a select number of participants, in addition to the standard lectures and hands-on lab activities. There were six project groups, and the project participants presented their work on the last day of the school. This year we introduced a mini-conference, where we invited select participants and instructors to give a brief research talk on Friday afternoon, after which we allotted time for networking and office hours. The largest difference in this year’s school compared to previous years was that the entire school used open-source software – mostly Python (using Jupyter notebook), as well as Ocean Data View (ODV).
Captain Johnson Adjetey, Regional Maritime University
Dr. Joseph K. Ansong, Lecturer, Department of Mathematics, University of Ghana.
Dr. Brian K. Arbic, Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Michigan. Physical oceanography, ocean modeling.
Dr. Christian Buckingham, Post-Doctoral Scholar, British Antarctic Survey
Madelyn Cook, PhD Student, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Michigan
Aline Cotel, Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Michigan
Dr. Madeline Foster-Martinez, Post-Doctoral Scholar, Louisiana State University.
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. Winn Johnson, Post-Doctoral Scholar, Naval Research Laboratory
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. Paige E. Martin, Recent PhD graduate, Physics Department, University of Michigan. Ocean-atmosphere interaction, climate modeling, scientific Python.
Dr. Dimitris Menemenlis, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA
Julia Middleton, PhD Student, MIT-WHOI Joint Program in Oceanography. Chemical oceanography.
Dr. Ebenezer S. Nyadjro, Research Oceanographer, University of New Orleans and Naval Research Laboratory. Satellite oceanography.
Richmond Kennedy Quarcoo, Founder/Director of Plastic Punch
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.
Jackie Wrage, PhD Student, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Michigan
Day 1: Monday, August 5th
Plastic Punch – Richmond Kennedy Quarcoo
Overview, logistics, meet & greet – Instructors (download instructor overview slides here)
Intro to Fluid Mechanics and the Gulf of Guinea – Aline Cotel and Ebenezer Nyadjro
e-Waste and Biofuel Sustainability – Adam Simon
Plastic Transport – Aline Cotel and Madeline Foster-Martinez
Python Lecture – Paige Martin
Day 2: Tuesday, August 6th
Fieldtrip to Tema Port!
Beach Processes and Cleanup – Richmond Kennedy Quarcoo, Andrew Lucas, Emily Shroyer, Stephan Howden, Aline Cotel
Python Lab – Paige Martin
- Instructions on how to download Anaconda on Windows: Install Python on Windows (PDF)
- Instructions on how to open a Jupyter Notebook and install libraries: Jupyter Notebook Tutorial by Paige! (PDF)
Day 3: Wednesday, August 7th
Coastal and Estuarine Processes – Andrew Lucas
Special Topics in Satellite Oceanography – Ebenezer Nyadjro
Evaluating the Circulation and Climate of the Ocean (ECCO) – Dimitris Menemenlis
Oil and Gas Basin Development – Adam Simon
Geophysical Fluid Dynamics – Aline Cotel, Emily Shroyer, Anrew Lucas
Satellite Oceanography – Ebenezer Nyadjro, Christian Buckingham
Day 4: Thursday, August 8th
Biogeochemistry: Benguela Upwelling – Winn Johnson
Hydrography – Stephan Howden
Ocean Modeling – Joseph Ansong
Physical Oceanography: West African Monsoon – Emily Shroyer
Tides – Stephan Howden
Chemical Oceanography (ODV) – Winn Johnson
Ocean Modeling and ECCO – Joseph Ansong, Dimitris Menemenlis
Day 5: Friday, August 9th
Fish Habitats, Swimming, and Turbulence – Aline Cotel
Fisheries and Aquaculture – Angela Lamptey
Wonders of Wetlands – Madeline Foster-Martinez
Trace Metal Cycling – Julia Middleton
Mini-Conference: 5-Minute Research Talks – Various instructors and participants
Day 6: Saturday, August 10th
Project Presentations – Project Track Participants
- Group 1: Physics of the Gulf of Guinea – Babatunde Adebo, Benson Levi, Babatunde Aderibigbe, Chika Ikele, Adams A.K Azameti
- Group 6: Gulf of Guinea simulation with MITgcm/ECCO – Evelyn Aboagye, Emmanuel Brempong, Patrick Dwomfuor, Cyril Amengor
Open discussion about how to improve future sessions of the school – Joseph Ansong
Closing ceremony with presentation of certificates – Photos to be posted shortly!