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DRAWING ATTENTION TO THE IMPACTS OF OCEAN SAND MINING IN LAGOS STATE, NIGERIA – PEACE CHIDINMA WILFRED-EKPRIKPO, NIGERIAN INSTITUTE FOR OCEANOGRAPHY AND MARINE RESEARCH, VICTORIA ISLAND, LAGOS STATE, NIGERIA

Much of the sand needed for housing projects is mined from water bodies around Lagos. Due to a high need for housing, the intensity of sand mining operations has rapidly increased without consideration of the ecological consequences. This outreach program will educate the local public, particularly fishermen and fish mongers, on the negative impacts of…
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AWARENESS ON CAREER OPPORTUNITIES FOR FEMALE STUDENTS IN MARINE SCIENCES – FLORENCE ADESIYAN, FEDERAL POLYTECHNIC, ILARO, OGUN STATE, NIGERIA

To date, female secondary school students have not taken up career opportunities in the ocean sciences in large numbers. This event will seek to address the issue by educating and exposing female students to numerous career possibilities, job prospects, and areas of specialization available both locally and internationally in the ocean sciences and provide them…
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Planetary Science & Synergies

What can we learn from ‘exoplanets’? During the past two decades more than 3000 planets have been detected beyond our solar system and many more will doubtless be discovered in the coming decades. This substantial sample will likely include planets in or near the habitable zones of their sun-like stars, deepening our understanding of planet formation, evolution, and…
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Space Physics

How can we more accurately forecast the space environment in the 21st century? A donut of radiation surrounds Earth, and poses a danger to astronauts and satellites. We need to improve models for forecasting the space environment of the future and its impacts on our technological society. Insights from Earth could also provide a better understanding of…
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Sun-Earth Interactions

How can we better describe and predict magnetic explosions in space? Magnetic reconnection is the engine behind powerful magnetic explosions throughout the universe. It powers phenomena such as solar and stellar eruptions, magnetic storms and aurorae in near-Earth space, and is also behind many of the dangerous effects associated with space weather. New spacecraft measurements and advanced…
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Ocean Interactions

How will the polar oceans continue to influence – and be influenced by – climate change? The Arctic Ocean exerts a dramatic influence on global climate through the reflectivity of sea ice and the release of freshwater into wider circulation, while the Southern Ocean is very effective at absorbing carbon dioxide and heat from the atmosphere. Climate change will alter the biogeochemistry of the polar oceans with impacts on a range of…
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