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Prof. Appeaning Addo

Kwasi Appeaning Addo is a coastal processes specialist and the Director of the Institute for Environment and Sanitation Studies (IESS), University of Ghana. His research has focused on nearshore coastal processes, shoreline dynamics, and coastal erosion complex interactions; shorelines and river systems linkages; new approaches (drone and video) in coastal systems monitoring; sea-level rise and subsidence interrelationships; nature-based solution; integrated and sustainable green ports concepts; and in recent times sargassum pathways. Through his research, he has emerged as one of the leading coastal geomorphologists in Africa today. His contribution to the field of coastal processes and shoreline dynamics has provided an understanding of the coastal systems in Ghana and the Bight of Benin. Kwasi is a member of the Group of Experts of the High-Level Panel for Sustainable Ocean Economy, a member of Group of Experts for the third cycle of the Regular Process for Global Reporting and Assessment of the State of the Marine Environment of the UN Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea, Associate Member of the UNESCO Land Subsidence International Initiative, member of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), member of the Coastal Changes Monitoring Working Group, Coordinator of the West Africa regional hub of the African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA): Climate and Development (ARUA CD), and Technical advisor to the Scientific Committee of the West African Coast Observation Mission. He is a strong advocate for nature-based solutions in the coastal zones.