West Africa’s coastlines are undergoing rapid morphological changes. Close to 68% of sandy beaches in the sub-region are being eroded at an average rate of two (2) meters per annum with low lying areas perennially inundated (World Bank, 2016). This is further compounded by sea water intrusion leading to the pollution of coastal fresh water, decreasing soil fertility and destruction of biodiversity.
There is lack of scientific data on coastal degradation at national and regional levels for forecasting coastal evolution, limited historical time-series data as well as inadequate expertise (e.g. modellers) in various technical areas (e.g. engineering) to resolve coastal geomorphology and engineering problems.
To evaluate the impact of wave climate on beach morphology
To forecast wave climate variation
To understand the design and consequences of coastal structures
Develop models on coastal dynamics for the Africa region
To explore the relationship between climatic factors(temperature, rainfall, wind etc) anomaly and coastal disasters
Salt water intrusion
Transport and mixing processes
Coastal sediments and sediment transport
Coastal protection and engineering
Baseline model developed for coastal changes
Hotspots for coastal erosion mapped
Developed guidelines to achieve resilient coastal systems