Ocean Observations and Monitoring

IOCAFRICA identified the development of an Ocean Observing System for Africa as a priority to enable the understanding of ocean and coastal processes around Africa and how they impact on the environment and resources. IOCAFRICA, with support from the Korea Institute of Ocean Science and Technology organized a forum on the Future of Sustained Ocean Observations in the IOC Group V (Africa and Arab countries) region from 11–13 April 2015 in Nairobi, Kenya. The forum agreed that an Ocean Observing System for Africa that contribute to human, economy and environmental security. The lack of ocean-going research vessels was recognized as a major hindrance to data collection. A detailed proposal for the ocean observing system will be prepared, integrating existing and planned ocean research, observations and services.The Second International Indian Ocean Expedition (IIOE-2) (2015-2020) provides an excellent opportunity for African member states to improve the understanding of ocean and coastal processes in the Indian Ocean waters adjacent to the continent, and also develop capacity for marine sciences and technology.

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