Ocean Science in Action: Addressing Marine Ecosystems and Food Security
Explore how innovative marine technologies can tackle the challenges of the sustainable management of marine ecosystems
Who is the course for?
This course is designed to be accessible to anyone with an interest in ocean management and conservation, the technology used to study the ocean, and the impact of climate change on the marine environment.
It would particularly appeal to people working within marine-related industries, such as fisheries, in the Western Indian Ocean, and those who study this ocean region.
What topics will you cover?
Introduction to numerical modelling, earth observation satellites and marine robotics and how they are used to address the challenges of sustainable use of living marine resources in a range of case studies in the Western Indian Ocean.
The principles behind ocean models and how they can help explain the dynamics of marine ecosystems.
How we measure and monitor the oceans using earth observation satellites and how the information they provide can inform sustainable coastal development and marine resource management.
Advances in Marine Autonomous Robotic Systems and their role in observing our 3D oceans.
The North Kenya Banks fishery and mechanisms behind the upwelling system that makes it so productive.
The environmental changes responsible for the collapse of the Chokka squid fishery in South Africa, and how marine technologies can help us to understand the future dynamics of the squid population.
The fisheries of Somalia and what drives the world’s largest seasonal upwelling
Small pelagic fisheries of the Pemba Channel and their importance for food security in Tanzania.
The importance of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and how evidence-based environmental management can contribute to achieving them.
What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to…
Explain how we measure and monitor the oceans using numerical models, ocean robots, and earth observation satellites
Apply your understanding of how marine technologies are used in order to address the challenges of sustainable use of living marine resources
Describe climate change impacts on the marine environment
Identify unique features of oceanography, ecosystems and marine economy of the Western Indian Ocean
Summarise the foundation pillars of Food Security
Reflect on the importance of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)