2015 Publications

2015 IESS - Towards An Ecosystem-Based Disaster Risk Reduction (Eco-DRR) For Floods in Some Downstream Communities of the Lower Volta, Ghana

This study was carried out to identify communities in the lower Volta basin of Ghana that are prone to flood disasters, assess Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) measures in the identified communities, and the communities' knowledge on Ecosystems link with DRR

2015 IESS - Recovery and Disposal of Ozone Depleting Substances: A Case Study of the Refrigerator Rebate Scheme in Ghana

The increasing threat of climate change and its devastating effects has increased the quest for sustainable mitigation and adaptation measures. Refrigerators contain significant amounts of ozone-depleting substances and greenhouse gases which are released into the atmosphere during their disposal contributing to ozone depletion, global warming and climate change. Using the refrigerator rebate scheme in Accra and Tema as a case study, a triangulation of quantitative and qualitative research design was employed using interviews, questionnaires and direct observation techniques to collect data from key staff of stakeholder institutions and individuals

2015 IESS -Nutritional Composition of Aquatic Plants and Their Potential for Use as Animal Feed: A Case Study of the Lower Volta Basin

An investigation was carried out to determine the nutritional composition of some selected dominant aquatic plants and their significant effect on chemical and physical characteristics of the water. Four aquatic plants namely Nymphaea lotus, Ipomoea aquatica, Typha ausralis. and Scirpus cubensis were sampled, identified and authenticated at the Ghana Herbarium.

2015 IESS - Land-Use/land Cover Change and Its Relationship to Changing Climate and Crop Production in the Lower Volta Basin, Ghana

The construction of the Akosombo and Kpong dams have led to a change in the watershed ecology which has in turn contributed to the change in land use and land cover of the Lower Volta Basin (LVB). Inevitable changing global climate has also played a role in the alteration of land cover and crop production which have affected livelihoods. In this study, a post-classification comparison change detection algorithm was used to determine changes in land use and land cover that have taken place from 2003-2015.

2015 IESS - Impacts of Land Use/Cover Change on Water Quality in Lake Bosomtwi Basin of Ghana

Land use/cover alteration within lake basins is occurring at accelerated rate most importantly in developing countries like Ghana. Anthropogenic activities (livelihood change, population growth, agricultural intensification and practices) and natural factors like seasonal variations are in most situations the major cause. To examine the effects of land use/cover on the physico-chemical and biological properties of Lake Bosomtwi, satellite images of the Lake's watershed covering the study periods (1990, 2000 and 2010) were obtained and processed to determine the land use /cover changes that have taken place over the study period.

2015 IESS - Environmental Assessment of the Kassena-Nankana Irrigation Scheme Vis a Vis Microbial Contamination of Tomatoes Produced From Irrigated Farms in the Kassena- Nankana East Municipality

This aim of the study was to conduct an environmental assessment of three irrigation systems in the Kassena-Nankanna East Municipality and determine microbiological- quality of tomato crops grown on farms irrigated from study schemes and water used for irrigation.