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Prof. Kwasi Appeaning Addo

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Year of Employment:                              2010

Prof. Kwasi Appeaning Addo’s area of specialisation is in coastal processes, shoreline morphodynamics, coastal vulnerability assessment under sea level change scenarios, and the impact of climate change in the coastal environment. He was a technical advisor to the West African coast observation mission (WACOM) project involving eleven West African countries, which developed a master plan for the West Africa coast. He was also part of an international research team that worked on “deltas, vulnerability, climate change, migration and adaptation (DECCMA)” project, which was part of the collaborative adaptation research initiative in Africa and Asia (CARIAA). Kwasi is currently part of the West Africa coastal areas management program (WACA) which is helping countries within West Africa region to manage their coastal erosion and flooding problems, as well as part of an international team working on the “integrated and sustainable port development in Ghana within an African context” project as part of the urbanising deltas of the world programme. Appeaning Addo is a member of the Expert Group of High Level Panel for Sustainable Ocean Economy who provide advice to the High Level Panel of 13 Heads of Governments. He is a member of the International Pool of Experts, UN Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea. Kwasi is also a member of several professional bodies and a visiting scholar to universities. He has authored books and book chapters, and has several peer-reviewed journal publications to his credit.

Educational History

  • Ph.D, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom (2008).
  • MPhil, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi-Ghana (2003).
  • B.Sc (Hons), Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi-Ghana (1993)

Research Interest

  • Nearshore coastal dynamics and coastal erosion studies
  • Application of drones in shoreline morphological change, flood and coastal defense structures monitoring
  • Application of video systems in short-term shoreline change studies
  • Climate change impact assessment in delta regions
  • Coastal vulnerability and risk assessment to sea level rise
  • Coastal vulnerability index assessment
  • Adaptations in vulnerable delta/coastal regions

Current Research Projects

  • Integrated and sustainable port development in Ghana within an African context (TU Delft)
  • Beach dynamics through video monitoring to improve coastal management strategies in West Africa (UCC).

Graduate Students being Supervised


  • Michael Kwame Biney
  • Emmanuel Brempong


  • Peace Gbeko
  • Larry Kottoe
  • Stephen K. Benson
  • Atsu-Foli Bennet
  • Selasi Avornyor
  • Philip-Neri Jayson-Quashigah
  • Edna Quansah Ekua

Selected publications 


  1. Angora Aman, René A. Tano, Elisée Toualy, Yves K. Kouadio, Bouo Bella Djézia François-Xavier and Kwasi Appeaning Addo. (2018). Development of an integrated coastal vulnerability index for the Ivorian coast in West Africa. Journal of Environmental Protection. Journal of Environmental Protection, 9, 1171-1184.
  2. K. Appeaning Addo (2018). Assessing Ocean Wave Dynamics, Potential Sediment Transport and Coastal Erosion along Accra coast in Ghana. Journal of Coastal Research. Special Issue JCR SI 81, pp 86-91. DOI:10.2112/S181-011.1
  3. Kwasi Appeaning Addo, Philip-Neri Jayson-Quashigah, Samuel Nii Ardey Codjoe, Francisca Martey (2018). Drone as a tool for Coastal Flood Monitoring in the Volta delta, Ghana. Geoenvironmental Disasters. 5:17  DOI 10.1186/s4077-018-0108-2
  4. D. B. Angnuureng, K. Appeaning Addo, R. Almar, H. Dieng (2018). Influence of sea level variability on a microtidal beach. Natural Hazards.
  5. Li Jin, Paul G. Whitehead, Kwasi Appeaning Addo, Barnabas Amisigo, Ian Macadam, Tamara Janes, Jill Crossman, Robert J. Nicholls, Matthew McCartney, Harvey J.E. Rodda (2018). Modeling future flows of the Volta River system: Impacts of climate change and socio-economic changes. Science of the Total Environment, Volumes 637–638 (2018), Pages 1069–1080.
  6. Jochen Hinkel, Neue Promenade, Jeroen C.J.H. Aerts, Sally Brown, Jose A. Jiménez, Daniel Lincke, Robert J. Nicholls, Paolo Scussolini, Agustín SanchezArcilla, Kwasi Appeaning Addo (2018). The ability of societies to adapt to twenty-first-century sea-level rise. Nature Climate Change. Volume 8, pages570–578. DOI 10.1038/s41558-018-0176-z 
  7. Appeaning Addo K., Nicholls R. J., Codjoe S. N. A. and Mumuni A. (2018). A biophysical and socio-economic review of the Volta Delta, Ghana. Journal of Coastal Research. DOI 10.2112/JCOASTRES-D-17-00129.1.
  8. Boye, C. B; Appeaning Addo, K; Wiafe, G.; and Dzigbodi-Adjimah, K. (2018). Spatio-temporal analyses of shoreline change in the western Region of Ghana. Journal of Coastal Conservation. DOI: 10.1007/s11852-018-0607-z

  9. Sally Brown, Robert J. Nicholls, Attila N. Lázár, Duncan D. Hornby, Chris Hill, Sugata Hazra, Kwasi Appeaning Addo, Anisul Haque, John Caesar, Emma Tompkins. (2018). What are the implications of sea-level rise for a 1.5°C, 2°C and 3°C rise in global mean temperatures in the Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna and other vulnerable deltas? Regional Environmental Change.

  10. Larbi, L., Nukpezah, D., Mensah, A. and Appeaning Addo, K. (2018). An Integrated Assessment of the Ecological Health Status of Coastal Aquatic Ecosystems of Ada in Ghana. West African Journal of Applied Ecology, Volume 26 (2), pp. 89-107.

  11. Donatus Bapentire Angnuureng, Rafael Almar, Nadia Senechal, Bruno Castelle Kwasi Appeaning Addo, Vincent Marieu and Roshanka Ranasinghe (2017). Two and three-dimensional shoreline behaviour at a MESO-MACROTIDAL barred beach. Journal of Coast Conservation. Doi: 10.1007/s11852-017-0516-6.

  12. Donatus Bapentire Angnuurenga, Rafael Almarb, Nadia Senechala, Bruno Castellea, Kwasi Appeaning Addo, Vincent Marieua, Roshanka Ranasinghed (2017). Shoreline resilience to individual storms and storm clusters on a meso-macrotidal, barred beach. Geomorphology. DOI: 10.1016/j.geomorph.2017.04.007.

  13. Appeaning Addo Kwasi and Appeaning Addo Irene. (2016). Coastal Erosion Management in Accra: Combining Local Knowledge and Empirical Research. Jàmbá: Journal of Disaster Risk Studies

  14. Adjei, P.O.W.,  Cazcarro, I., Arto, I.,  Ofori-Danson, P.K.,  Asenso, J.K.,  Codjoe, S.N., Appeaning Addo, K. and Amponsah, S.K.  (2016) Biophysical and Socioeconomic State of the Volta Delta Region of Ghana from the Perspectives of Gender and Spatial Relations. DECCMA Working Paper.

  15. Boye C. B., Appeaning Addo K. and Williams E. A, (2016). Positional accuracy assessment for effective shoreline change analysis. Ghana mining journal. Vol 16, No. 1, Pg. 1 – 7.
  16. Angnuureng, D. B., Almar, R., Appeaning Addo, K., Senechal, N., Castelle, B., Laryea, S. W., Wiafe, G. (2016). Video observation of waves and shoreline change on the microtidal Jamestown Beach in Ghana.. In: Vila-Concejo, A.; Bruce, E.; Kennedy, D.M., and McCarroll, R.J. (eds.), Proceedings of the 14th International Coastal Symposium (Sydney, Australia). Journal of Coastal Research, Special Issue, No. 75, pp. 1022 - 1026. Coconut Creek (Florida), ISSN 0749-0208.
  17. Appeaning Addo K (2015) Assessment of the Volta Delta Shoreline Change. Journal of Coastal Zone Management. 18: 408. Doi: 10.4172/jczm.1000408
  18. Appeaning Addo, K. (2015). Monitoring Sea Level Rise Induced Hazards along the Coast of Accra in Ghana. Natural Hazards. Vol 78, No.2. DOI 10.1007/s11069-015-1771-1
  19. Appeaning Addo K. (2015). Coastal Erosion in Ghana:
    Causes and Effects. Barnes D. (Ed.) in Coastal and Beach Erosion: Processes, Adaptation Strategies and Environmental Impacts. Nova Science Publishers, Inc.  Pp 83-105.
  20. Appeaning Addo, K., Boateng, I., Wiafe, G. and Ababio, S (2015). Key Data and Methodologies for Monitoring Coastal Erosion in the Gulf of Guinea. Ofori – Danson P. K., Nyarko E., Appeaning Addo K., Atsu D. K., Botwe B. O. and Asamoah E. K. (Ed.) in Advances in Marine and Fisheries Sciences and their Developmental Roles in the Gulf of Guinea. Reader, UG. Pp 65-93
  21. Kwasi Appeaning Addo (2014). Managing Shoreline Change under Increasing Sea Level Rise in Ghana. Coastal Management, 42 (6). Pp 555-567. DOI: 10.1080/08920753.2014.964820.
  22. Appeaning Addo K. (2014). Coastal Vulnerability Index to Sea Level Rise. Journal of Coastal and Marine Research. 2(1): 1-7. DOI: 10.12966/cmr.01.01.2014.
  23. Manson Awo Akosua Boatemaa, Apppeaning Addo Kwasi, Adelina Mensah (2013). Impacts of Shoreline Morphological Change and Sea Level Rise on Mangroves: the Case of the Keta Coastal Zone. E3 Journal of Environmental Research and Management Vol. 4(10). pp. 0334-0343.
  24. Sagoe-Addy, K. and Appeaning Addo, K. (2013). Effect of predicted sea level rise on tourism facilities along Ghana’s Accra coast. Journal of Coastal Conservation and Management. Volume 17, Issue 1, Page 155-166DOI 10.1007/s11852-012-0227-y
  25. Amoani, K.Y., Appeaning Addo, K., & Laryea, W.S. (2012). Short-term shoreline evolution trend assessment: A case study in Glefe, Ghana.  Jàmbá: Journal of Disaster Risk Studies 4(1), Art. #45, 7 pages. http://dx.doi. org/10.4102/jamba.v4i1.45
  26. Appeaning Addo, Lloyd Larbi, Barnabas Amisigo, & Ofori-Danson, (2011). Impacts of Coastal Inundation due to Climate Change in a cluster of Urban Coastal Communities in Ghana, West Africa. Remote Sensing. 2011, 3(5); doi:10.3390/rs3050962
  27. Appeaning Addo, K. (2011). Changing Morphology of Ghana’s Accra Coast. Journal of Coastal Conservation and Management. 15 : 433 - 443. 
  28. Appeaning Addo, K. (2010). Urban and Peri-Urban Agriculture in Developing Countries Studied using Remote Sensing and In Situ Methods.  Remote Sensing 2010, 2, 497-513; doi:10.3390/rs2020497. 
  29. Appeaning Addo, K., Walkden, M., & Mills, J. P. (2008). Detection, Measurement and Prediction of Shoreline Recession in Accra, Ghana. ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing. 63(5): 543-558
  30. Appeaning Addo, K. (2009). Detection of Coastal Erosion Hotspots in Accra, Ghana. Journal of Sustainable Development in Africa (Volume 11, No.4, 2009). Pp 253-265.