Ocean Science and Assessments

The ocean is a key element in all the cycles of life on this planet, regulating the weather and climate, the concentration of gases in the atmosphere, the cycling of nutrients, and providing important food resources. A changing climate and growing human impact on the marine environment is a threat to the sustainability of ocean ecosystem services. Improving the scientific knowledge base of oceans and coastal processes is therefore a key factor in managing the human relationship with the ocean. To facilitate the generation of ocean state forecasts for the Western Indian Ocean region, annual workshops on Ocean Forecasting for the Western Indian Ocean were organized in collaboration with the Western Indian Ocean Marine Sciences Association. The participants generated outputs on the mean state of the ocean which were incorporated in the in the Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum (GHACOF) organized in collaboration with the IGAD Climate Prediction and Application Centre (ICPAC) in August 2014 and August 2015. IOCAFRICA in collaboration with the Adaptation Fund organized a workshop on the Implementation of Climate Change Adaptation in the coastal zones of Africa (24-26 August 2015, Dakar, Senegal). 

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