A German, French, African
                   consortium in West Africa

Project structure: WP 5

Education, Training and Capacity-building. Capacity Development in physical oceanography and marine ecology in West Africa

Yves du Penhoat, LEGOS (Cotonou, Benin);
Werner Ekau, ZMT (Bremen, Germany);
Amadou Gaye, LPAOSF (Dakar, Senegal).

  • Task 5.1. To coordinate, and reinforce existing training capacities in the oceanography field
    •  Sub-task 5.1.1. Masters degree in Physical Oceanography
    •  Sub-task 5.1.2. Fisheries and marine Ecology
  • Task 5.2. Enforcement of local scientific expertise
    • Sub-task 5.2.1. Oceanographic Remote Sensing data
    •  Sub-task 5.2.2. Egg, Ichthyoplankton Sampling and Analysis
    • Sub-task 5.2.3. Acoustics observation of zooplankton
    •  Sub-task 5.2.4. Analysis of Physico-chemical parameters Companion
    •  Sub-task 5.2.5. Generating and analyzing model data

The marine environment is subject to major climatic changes that in today’s African society cannot be overcome by a single nation or a single scientific community. All West African scientific communities are asking for better training and educational oceanography programmes. There is therefore a great need for capacity-building strategies as well as for strategic partnerships between institutions and universities in the sub-region of West Africa.

Education to MSc level is a prerequisite enhancing the scientific expertise in marine environmental science available in West Africa. In this WP, we will encourage the development of common data formats and sampling protocols, as well as of communication to exchange data and information between project partners and other African institutions using an existing network i.e. ODINAFRICA (see WP0.4). Lastly, we will develop the advancement of local scientific expertise in marine environment management in each WP (Master2, PhD, Postdoctoral positions and cooperation with African scientists). In this WP, we will focus on the fundamental techniques required for marine environment monitoring and that are used in the project, and with which the African partners are not sufficiently familiar.

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