NASA-COSPAR Capacity Building Workshop Opens
The WASCAL Climate Change and Land Use (CCLU) Center KNUST in collaboration with NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) and University of Missouri-Kansas City, USA have opened a two-week capacity building workshop on “Interdisciplinary Remote Sensing, Modeling and Validation of Environment Processes”. The workshop runs from Monday 12th- Friday 23rd June, 2017.
Rev. Professor Charles Ansah, Pro-Vice Chancellor, KNUST in his welcome address expressed the excitement of the University Management about the introduction of the WASCAL PhD programme in Climate Change and Land Use funded by the German Government. He stated that so far twenty (20) PhD students have graduated from the WASCAL CCLU programme and are playing key roles in academic and research institution in Africa and the world over.
He noted that, NASA-COSPAR (Committee on Space and Research) training workshop comes in handy to train the next generation of scientists, enhance their knowledge and stimulate research interests in space science. Rev. Prof. Ansah continued, “As a University, we welcome the initiative by the German Government, NASA, COSPAR and the University of Missouri – Kansas City to support the training of Africans to solve Africa’s challenges especially on issues relating to Climate Science, with particular focus on Remote Sensing Climate Modeling”. He therefore urged career scientists present to tap from the expertise of the Scientists and Professionals present at the event.
Professor Janet Adelegan, Director for Capacity Building, WASCAL stated that, the Summer School workshop has brought together scientists from across ten (10) West African Countries. The aim of the workshop according to her is to enable extensive knowledge based on resource development. She noted that there would be trainee- trainer interactions.
The workshop is aimed at building capacity and share results developed under major international research projects to be transferred to early professionals and graduate students in West Africa. It is hoped that this knowledge - enhancing function will give Space Science Research the necessary attention it deserves.