Oceanography is a study of the features of the ocean including marine life, currents, waves, water temperatures, sediment movement and seabed geology. At the Kwanini Foundation, we are interested in learning about the ocean’s properties around Pemba as this will influence what lives there and help us understand why some things behave the way they do. We are specifically interested in the biological, physical and chemical properties of the ocean.
The Foundation is currently collecting data on the seawater temperature, pH and salinity within the Kwanini Marine Protected Area. This data will help us to identify seasonal trends and there is the potential to link changes to resulting effects on marine organisms. Coral bleaching for example is linked to warmer seawater temperatures and ocean acidification (a change in the pH of the water) can literally dissolve seashells and coral skeletons.
Collecting precise oceanographic data requires sophisticated equipment. Our equipment requires constant maintenance and calibration to make sure it reads correctly. They are expensive to run, and will need replacing soon. You can help us collect this data through donating on this page. We will use these donations to set up more monitoring instruments around Pemba’s marine environment to provide more detailed information on what is happening the ocean.
Here’s how you can support:
Donate to our oceanographic programme to maintain and replace our sensitive equipment
Sponsor a permanent monitoring site
Support a research student to help interpret the data
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