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Pyrex Journal of Geography and Regional Planning (PJGRP)

October 2017 Vol. 3 (4), pp. 25-31

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The Importance of Gauge Stations along Nigerian Coastline


Yiinu Needam1 and Felix Ogbonna2*

1Department of Surveying Ken Saro Wiwa Polytechnic Bori Rivers State, Nigeria.
2Department of Surveying and Geoinformatics, Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka Anambra State, Nigeria.

Corresponding Author E-mail: Felix_chuks82@yahoo.com

Accepted 27th September, 2017



Abstract


According to World hydrographic day (2015), Man is turning increasingly towards the sea and oceans for resources. The seas and oceans are now acknowledged as a major contributor to the world economy and well-being. Over 90% of the world’s trade travels by sea. In addition, the seas and oceans, including the seabed and the sub-seabed, represent a vast resource for food, mineral resources, energy, water, bio-medicine, and infrastructure. The safety and protection of life and properties of the people that are living or doing business along the coastline cannot be taken lightly, but that is not the case in some of the developing countries including Nigeria, where the majority of the locals does not have the basic knowledge of the characteristics of water and the danger this may pose to them. The government and the various agencies have not fully followed the required system of making sure that the necessary infrastructures are put in place to check and maintain a coordinated up to date information system. This paper looks to enumerate the importance of establishing gauge stations along the Nigerian coastline with the view of a coordinated information acquisition and sharing, which in turn will increase the awareness of both the Government, agencies and the locals directly involved.

Keywords: Water, Wave, Ocean Current, Tide, Gauge Station.

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