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2022

A Workshop on Monitoring: Remote Sensing Training and Long-Term Monitoring Strategy

An IEEE - Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society-funded program facilitated by Rochester Institute of Technology, the Lake Victoria Fisheries Organization, and
the African Center for Aquatic Research and Education

October 28th-29th, 2022

Kisumu, Kenya, East Africa

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The Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), Lake Victoria Fisheries Organization (LVFO), and African Center for Aquatic Research and Education (ACARE) are participating in a Society of the IEEE - Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society (IEEE-GRSS)-funded workshop aimed at enhancing monitoring capacity in the African Great Lakes region. The workshop will focus on large lake monitoring using remote sensing technology. 

The program invites experts from the ten riparian countries of the African Great Lakes to participate in a short workshop to better understand remote sensing as a technology for monitoring various metrics on lakes. 

Workshop Background & Importance

The African Great Lakes provide important ecosystem services to the communities adjacent to the lakes. Among the most important services are fisheries, as a source of protein and a component of food security, and the use of water for drinking and industry. Lake managers need information on lake water status to maintain the fisheries and water quality in the face of increasing demands and threats. Traditional lake sampling from boats can provide researchers with very accurate information, but only at the sample locations. The practical limitations of cost and time prevent traditional sampling from a boat from giving a complete view of large lakes over time and space. Remote sensing can allow researchers and managers to have an expanded view of lake conditions over time and space. In the last few decades, the development of earth observation sensors flying on satellite, aircraft, or drones has enabled new detailed understanding of processes over time and across large lakes, such as water circulation and biological productivity. But making the most of this image sensor data still requires capacity development for the African Great Lakes region.

 

This workshop is motivated by the need to boost remote sensing as a tool within a larger need for long-term monitoring of the African Great Lakes. Remote sensing can provide monitoring data on lake water conditions such as temperature, turbidity, and algae abundance, depending on the type of sensor used to capture the image data. This workshop provided African Great Lakes experts the opportunity to acquire fundamental knowledge of remote sensing techniques for lake water quality, learn about sensors used on the lake to validate remote sensing measurements, and strengthen the network of researchers with interests in applying remote sensing to the African Great Lakes.

Workshop Agenda

Who is involved

Participants

The participants of this workshop are freshwater and large lake experts from the ten riparian countries of the African Great Lakes. The training on remote sensing is to engage the experts in a different approach to monitoring on the lakes, to gain their perspectives on how such technology might be implemented, and to help create a larger, long-term monitoring program (using remote sensing and other technologies) around the African Great Lakes.

  • Naftaly Mwirigi, Assistant Research Scientist, KMFRI

  • Sharon Gubamwoyo, Principal Quality Control Officer, National water and Sewerage Corporation Kampala Uganda.

  • Winnie Owoko, Assistant Research Scientist, KMFRI

  • Diane Umutoni, Conservation and Research Assistant, Akagera Management Company

  • Grite Nelson, Lecturer and Researcher, Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology, Arusha, Tanzania

  • Alfred Achieng, Lecturer and Researcher, University of Eldoret

  • Deogratias Nahayo, Lecturer and Researcher, University of Rwanda

  • Simon Buhungu, Lecturer and Researcher, University of Burundi

  • William Okello, Programme Leader/Principal Research Officer, Fish Habitat Management Programme, NaFIRRI

  • Lloyid Haambiya, Fisheries Officer, Mpulungu’s Lake Tanganyika Research Unit, Frankfurt Zoological Society

  • Charles Amon Mashafi, Senior Research Scientist, Tanzania Fisheries Research Institute

  • Priscah Mziray, Senior Research Scientist, Tanzania Fisheries Research Institute

  • Alice Hamisi, Fishesries Officer, Kenya Fisheries Services

  • Atuhaire Christine, Graduate Student, Makerere University

  • Kenneth Ronoh, Graduate Student, Pi Global Institute-Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science & Technology

  • William Emitaro, Graduate Student, SBPMAS-Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Sciemce & Technology

  • Peter Maluki Samburu, Graduate Student, SSPNRM-Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Sciemce & Technology

  • Vincent Ogembo, Graduate Student, SSPNRM-Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Sciemce & Technology

  • Maxon Ngochera, Chief Fisheries Research Officer Department of Fisheries, Ministry of Natural Resources and Climate Change, and Officer in charge at the Monkey Bay Capture Fisheries Centre in Mangochi, Malawi

  • Carlos Jonasse Chief Station Manager, Fish Department, Nyasa, Mozambique

  • Jacob Iteba, Fisheries Officer, Busia County, Dept. of Fisheries, Busia County Government

  • Jack Abibo Adem, Graduate Student, SSPNRM-Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Sciemce & Technology

Trainers

The trainers are familiar with remote sensing technology and approaches on global water resources and hope to assist, with the perspectives and expertise of the participants, in implementing this technology in hopes to increase long-term monitoring of the African Great Lakes. 

  • Dr. Tony Vodacek - Rochester Institute of Technology, New York, USA

  • Dr. Pierre-Denis Plisnier - African Center for Aquatic Research & Education, Belgium

  • Davide Lomeo - King's College London, London, United Kingdom

  • Shungudzemwoyo Garaba - University of Oldenburg, Germany

  • James Wanjohi - WCMRD, Nairobi, Kenya

Advisors-Support

The advisors of this workshop are experts from the African Center for Aquatic Research and Education. They are ensuring the workshop takes place by ensuring the appropriate global experts come together. 

  • Dr. Ted Lawrence - African Center for Aquatic Research and Education, USA

  • Mr. Zeph Migeni - African Center for Aquatic Research and Education, Kenya

Workshop Resources

Step 1: Participants of the workshop must take the following survey by September 28th, midnight EAT:

Step 2: Participants 

Take the Monitoring Survey so we can gain a better understanding of people and institutions related to the African Great Lakes.

Partners and Contacts

Co-host and Training

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Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute

Lake Victoria

Fisheries Organization

Jinja, Uganda, E. Africa

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King's College

London, London, UK

Funders

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IEEE - Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society

For questions about this workshop or the organizations involved,

please contact Ted Lawrence at ted@agl-acare.org