Global change - local impact: Issues of coastal change in Ghana

Lecture in Feb 18 7 February 2018 The University of Derby, Kedleston Road, Derby DE22 1GB

Event date: Wednesday, 7 February 2018 at 6.00 PM
Running until: Wednesday, 7 February 2018 at 8.00 PM

About the event

The event will be a one off lecture hosted by Sian Davies-Vollum about the research she conducted in Ghana around coastal change and global warming.


Coastlines globally are at risk from climate change. The combination of sea level rise, increasing sea temperatures and changes in storm patterns are having significant impacts on coasts and the communities that live on them. Communities in less economically developed countries are particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change at the coast because of their dependence on local resources for their livelihood. Recent research at the Muni-Pomadze coastal lagoon (MPL) in Ghana has enabled us to understand the impact of climate change on this environment and the community that live there. Historically, the lagoon has been separated from the ocean by a beach barrier. However, the lagoon is becoming increasingly open to the ocean which has impacted the morphology of the coastline through erosion and sedimentation as well as the ecology of the lagoon. An increasingly open lagoon has implications for local resources that underpin the livelihood and wellbeing of the local fishing community. Projections for sea level rise indicate increasing connectivity with the ocean thus an understanding of ongoing changes can help us to understand the impacts of continuing sea level rise and feed that information into coastal management plans. Elucidating the links between sea level rise, lagoon-ocean connectivity, changes to the coastal environment and the impact on local communities is important to managing lagoons not only in Ghana but across similar coastal environments in Tropical countries.

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