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: In this project we will partner with scientists, academics and coastal resource managers from Kenya to lay the groundwork for the establishment of an ocean monitoring and decision support system tailored to meet Kenya's needs for sustainable management of its coastal and inland water resources. Experts from Kenya and the United States will collaborate to identify challenges, explore opportunities, and develop a roadmap to support Kenya's Vision 2030 Blue Economy objectives. Through shared expertise, dialogue and research activities we aim to facilitate the advancement of sustainable practices for protecting Kenya’s coastal resources and its marine biodiversity through informed decision-making.

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

environmental monitoring natural resource management coastal areas access to resources

THEMES

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