This Department will deal with physical, chemical, biological and geological oceanography of the inshore, near shore and offshore waters and support bioprospecting in these waters. Hydrographic surveys will also be undertaken and utilize sea level data along the coast in order to undertake mathematical modelling of the Kenyan coast. This Department will be responsible for research on sustainable use and protection of aquatic resources in marine waters. It will therefore monitor and document the physical (including geological) and chemical characteristics (including pollution and nutrient dynamics) of the various aquatic ecosystems to discern natural and/or human induced changes. The department will also undertake studies on the interrelationships between biota and their aquatic environments in relation to fisheries, aquaculture and conservation of biodiversity. The department will promote Integrated coastal
Zone Management (ICZM) approach in the management of coastal and marine resources.
Dr. Charles Magori