ASSESSING COASTAL EROSION IN ABAKAM-DUAKOR IN CAPE COAST
Osman Adam, Kofi Aduboahene, James Kweku Eshun (Mentor)
Geographic Focus: Cape Coast, Ghana
Date Completed: 11 May 2012
Project Description: The objective of the project was to assess the extent of change in the coastline and causes of the change. DSAS was used to cast transects and generate change statistics for shoreline layers (1970,2005,2012). Interviews among the residents along the coast were used to validate the information.
The analysis shows that the main causes of erosion along the coast were primarily due to sand winning. Also erosion along beaches has resulted in the migration of most fishermen to other districts. Fishing currently in most places is faced with great disasters arising from the impact of the rock outcrops on canoes.
• Sand winning activities should be banned along the coast by instituting stringent punishment to deter offenders.
• It is recommended that non structural approach which is sometimes cheap, coastal buffer zones and flood resistant crops as well as plant should be planted and warning signals placed on dangerous zones
Main Project Theme: Climate Change
Map Description: The map shows shoreline rate of change along Abakam and Duakor in the Cape Coast based on End Point Rate calculation
Photograph Description: The Co-researcher and his friend taking GPS points and the researcher taking GPS points along the shoreline
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