Development of a Prototype Kenya Ocean Monitoring and Decision Support System for Sustainable Coastal Resource Management under Climate Change

Lead PI: Dr. Joaquim I Goes , Helga do Rosario Gomes

Unit Affiliation: Biology and Paleo Environment, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO)

June 2022 - August 2024
Active
Africa ; Columbia Global Centers, Nairobi
Project Type: Outreach Education

DESCRIPTION: Working with our Kenyan partners, we will develop an ocean monitoring and decision support system tailored to meet the country’s immediate needs for sustainable management of its coastal resources. This system will take advantage of computational tools, satellite data products and model-derived physical and biological oceanographic datasets that we developed for an ongoing coastal resource management project in the Sultanate of Oman. The system will integrate existing and planned marine resource data collections into a Kenya-centric data system that will then be fused with satellite and model outputs to provide information on ocean state, environmental forecasts, potential fishery habitats, and tools critical for management and decision making for better stewardship of Kenya’s coastal resources. We will conduct two training workshops (Kenya and USA) with our Co-PIs and their teams.

SPONSOR:

President’s Global Innovation Fund Columbia University

EXTERNAL COLLABORATORS:

Dr. Dale Kiefer, University of Southern California, CA, USA Dr. Sergio de Rada, Naval Research Laboratory, MS, USA Zach Siegrist, System Science Applications, CA, USA Dr. Gladys Okemwa, Kenya Marine & Fisheries Research Institute, Mombasa, Kenya Dr. Edward Ndirui, Kenya Marine & Fisheries Research Institute, Mombasa, Kenya Dr. Nina Wambiji, Kenya Marine & Fisheries Research Institute, Mombasa, Kenya Dr. Benedict Kiilu, Kenya Fisheries Service, Nairobi, Kenya Dr. Robert Njue, Kenya Maritime Authority, Mombasa, Kenya Dr. Bernerd Mulwa Fulanda, Pwani University, Kilifi County, Kenya Murugi Ndirangu, Columbia Global Centers, Nairobi

KEYWORDS

coastal adaptation climate change decision support fisheries outreach environmental sustainability

THEMES

Modeling and Adapting to Future Climate Stewardship of the planet Sustainable living