The GMES and Africa Marine and Coastal Operations for Southern Africa (MarCoSouth) Project, through the Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA) and the IOC Sub-Commission for Africa and the Adjacent Island States and together with Coastal Oceans Research and Development – Indian Ocean (CORDIO), are pilot partners for the Ocean InfoHub Project in the Africa region.
MarCOSouth – Updated Site
The Marine and Coastal Operations for Southern Africa (MarCOSouth) website has gone live with a good deal of new features. These new features were developed to make the website more user friendly and dynamic with news and events to be updated on a daily basis.
These new features include the following:
Training: The new Training link contains a number of subsections and headings. The Earth Observation section contains recordings of all earth observation training courses that was presented by the MarCOSouth team in collaboration with EUMETSat.
The Training link also contains links to user training and guidance on the various services and applications that MarCOSouth offers. These include Ship Traffic Monitoring, Sea Rescue, Aquaculture support, ABALOBI, Coral Bleaching and Water Quality.
Resources: The Resources link contains a list of URL’s to software that is used in the MarCOSouth Earth Observation training course to process earth observation data as received from the Copernicus programme.
Statistics: The statistics page contains a list of performance measures that the MarCOSouth project has achieved through its activities in accordance with the GMES and Africa’s programmes’ four pillars.
Blog: An exciting new addition to the MarCOSouth website is the blog pages that will update all stakeholders and partners on the new activities and developments related to the projects and its partners.
Events: The events page will contain a list of all planned MarCOSouth events with dates and attendance instructions.
The services pages and applications are all linked now.
- Marine and Maritime
- Sea Rescue application is accessible but requires a login for users to use the full functionality
- Ship Traffic Monitoring is accessible but requires a login for users to use the full functionality
- Coastal Services
- The updated Water Quality application is available
- The newly launched Coral Bleaching is available
- Aquaculture and Fisheries Service
- Aquaculture support application is available
- The Fisheries application is a local mobile application that is used by local fishermen. For more information on this please follow the link on the website.
Full demonstration videos of these services are available on the training link.
The MarCOSouth project activities are designed to enable the Southern African coastal region to solve and address local, regional and global challenges and to promote sustainable development under the European Union’s Copernicus programme.
This blog will tell you more about our application for monitoring water quality and harmful algal blooms in coastal waters using satellite imagery. It will be answering a few common questions that will hopefully enlighten those who are not familiar with satellite imagery and the advantages it provides.
One of the possible events that might happen due to the closure of the Suez canal is vessels redirecting to travel past Southern Africa. Whether or not this happens will depend on hundreds of shipping specialists furiously throwing numbers at spreadsheets. This isn’t like when you see a traffic jam on your way to work and decide to quickly dart down a side street, redirecting a vessel to a non-optimal route will cost shipping companies massively in fuel costs, delayed shipments, insurance etc etc.
The Marine and Coastal Operations Southern Africa (MarCoSouth) consortium held a virtual Fisheries and Aquaculture services training webinar for its partners and stakeholders on the 20th of October 2020.