EAMNet aims to construct a network linking Earth Observation (EO) information providers, user networks and centres of excellence in Europe and Africa in the area of coastal and marine observations towards sustainable development in Africa.
The network will undertake capacity building and maintenance and build upon existing infrastructure and expertise in Africa. The overall aim is to improve the exploitation of EO data for coastal and oceanic monitoring towards an Africa-wide observation system (GOOS-Africa).
It will provide an interface between European GMES-related core and downstream services and R&D projects (notably MyOcean) and African initiatives (e.g. AMESD) with the emerging GMES-Africa initiative. It will also provide further links with GEO and provide access to a Data Portal, please see accompanying image to right.
EAMNet is coordinated by Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML) with 9 other partners in Africa and Europe.
An Alumni Forum is available for students of EAMNet training courses and fellowships, as well as any other members of the network, to communicate through an open access, free forum. This platform is provided for users to share best practice as well as discuss new projects, research and tools.
Lazare Akpetou, an EAMNet open fellowship recipient from Côte d'Ivoire won best presentation at the recent African Association for Remote Sensing of Environment (AARSE) 2012 conference 29 Oct-2Nov in El Jadida, Morocco.Lazare's presentation was adjudged the best out of 100 presentations at the prestigious biennial conference and was based on his placement at PML in 2012.