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Webinar: Southern African Initiatives Empowering Marine-related Decision-makers Through Earth Observation

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Wednesday, 11 September 2019, 3:00

Wednesday, September 11, 2019. 3:00PM. Webinar: Southern African Initiatives Empowering Marine-related Decision-makers Through Earth Observation. Marie Smith, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research. Sponsored by NOAA Ocean Color Coordinating Group. More information here


This seminar aims to highlight some of the research and development taking place as part of two projects: 1) the South African Oceans and Coasts Information Management System (OCIMS) project, and 2) the Marine and Coastal Service Development for Southern Africa (MarCoSouth) project, i.e. the southern African consortium of the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) Africa Grant. OCIMS is an innovative web-based platform offering a variety of decision support tools intended to empower decision-makers and support effective governance and growth of South Africa's blue economy. OCIMS has consolidated South African observational and forecasting expertise through the development of a range of services that are very similar in scope to those proposed for GMES & Africa. The MarCoSouth project is strongly aligned with (and will effectively provide a platform for the regional expansion of) the services developed through OCIMS. Within GMES & Africa the MarCoSouth project will maintain, further develop and provide a sustainable platform for local, institutional, human and technical capabilities in the African partner countries (i.e. Namibia, Mozambique, Tanzania, Kenya and South Africa) through the development of services focused on sustainable socio-economic development, empowering a wide range of users in the public and private sectors through the application of regionally-optimized satellite observations and model based forecasts in the South and East African Marine and Coastal domains.

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