Monthly Archives: April 2015

Sea Level Rise Mombasa and Lamu

Ochanda Valentine
Communicating Science
23rd April 2015

Sea level rise Mombasa and Lamu Global SLR refers to increased changes on the volume of sea water mainly due to volume increase in the oceans as a result of changes in ocean circulation patterns mainly due to increased temperatures, and resultant thermal expansion of sea waters. Other studies define this relationship of landward intrusion and floods by sea water as a consequence of increasing levels of water in ocean channels. Local SLR is mainly the difference of vertical land motion and the vertical motion of the sea surface.

The steady and slow rise in global sea levels along the coastal tidal range/zones, has been associated not only with the permanent inundation of coastal islands, but also with ecological/environmental and socio-economic consequences. other effects include increased flooding events associated with changes in patterns of tropical storms,  hurricanes, typhoons and tsunamis leading to losses in major coastal cities.These storms mostly break seawalls, leading to flood waters over topping levees, and storm surges that wash and breach barriers and increase cost implications for these regions. The magnitude of sea level changes and their impacts vary from coast to coast depending on the geographical characteristics, topography of the coastal strip as well as natural and anthropogenic activities within the shoreline which include hard engineering infrastructure and services along the coasts and deltas.

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Sustainable Architecture Kenya

Ochanda Valentine
Communicating Science
23rd April 2015

 

What is sustainability?, many have had different opinions on the subject of sustainability and sustainable development. As defined by scientists sustainability is the taking or consumption of resources and services currently, without reducing the ability of future generations from enjoying the same privileges. An activity that is sustainable should be able to continue for ever.

The environment where we derive our livelihood from is important in keeping the current generation, as well and future generations. this can only be possible if current generations are sustainable. The current generation has had its fair share of unsustainable practices, for example energy consumption and resource utilization. This was summarized by the intergovernmental panel on climate change on its current report fifth assessment report that the earth is warming and changing rapidly, and the main causes are the human induced changes also known as the anthropogenic causes of climate change.

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Urban Space Utilization in Mombasa

Ochanda Valentine
Communicating Science
23rd April 2015

In urban planning, public space has historically been described as “open space”, meaning the streets, parks and recreation areas, plazas and other publicly owned and managed outdoor spaces, as opposed to the private domain of housing and work. The definition from a sociological perspective has been redefined, where a public space is rather any space accessible to the public.

Planning, also called urban planning or city and regional planning, is a dynamic profession that works to improve the welfare of people and their communities by creating more. Some urban space use within Mombasa island @ochanda convenient, equitable, healthful, efficient, and attractive places for present and future generations. Planning enables civic leaders, businesses, and citizens to play a meaningful role in creating communities that enrich people’s lives. Good planning helps create communities that offer better choices for where and how people live. Planning helps communities to envision their future. It helps them find the right balance of new development and essential services, environmental protection, and innovative change.

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