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The Zanzibar Project is at its core a collaboration between Jurgen Theiss at Theiss Research, USA, and Alfonse Dubi, Director of the Institute of Marine Sciences (IMS) in Zanzibar, Tanzania. Its goal is to contribute to the development of a coastal model of the dynamics of the Zanzibar Channel, which is needed to help address pressing issues such as pollution, beach erosion, and the health of coral reefs. The research is primarily carried out at IMS in Zanzibar by local research staff and visiting US undergraduate and graduate students. They are trained and closely supervised by other local research staff and senior scientists worldwide of which some are also visiting IMS in Zanzibar. The Zanzibar Project thus represents a contribution to capacity development in coastal modeling at IMS in Zanzibar and an opportunity for students in the US to gain international research experience.

The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission at UNESCO arranged the collaboration in 2005 and has since been providing invaluable guidance and support. The US National Science Foundation funded a pilot project in 2007 and subsequently awarded another grant that almost entirely now funds the Zanzibar Project. Many experts are generously giving their advice and support and mutually beneficial partnerships with related projects are being fostered.

Institute of Marine Sciences
Zanzibar, Tanzania
Intergovernmental Oceanographic
Commission at UNESCO
National Science Foundation

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