GMES & Africa eStation Installed at the CSIR

Through the European Union funded African Union managed Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) and Africa program a EUMETSAT e-Station was recently installed on the premises of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in South Africa.  The CSIR is the leading partners in the Southern African consortiums that is funded through the GMES and Africa grant project names the Marine and Coastal Information Management System (MarCOSIO) and is focused on the marine and coastal area theme.

The eStation is an operational distributable open-source data processing tool that aims to build and strengthen capacities in Africa to receive, process, analyze and exploit Earth Observation (EO) data for environmental management.  The eStation collects data from various sources that include, amongst others, the EUMETSAT and Copernicus services.   The installation of the eStation will enable regional partners and various research, academic, and industry organizations to have access to EO data through the eStation and the MarCOSIO portal ( to support the implementation of sustainable development policies at continental, regional and national level.

The European Union funded Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) and Africa Program aims to promote more sustainable management of natural resources by improving decision-making use of earth observation (EO) data.





About The MarCOSIO Team Leaders

The three include Dr Bolelang Sibolla from the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) who leads the technical team in developing the Safety at Sea service, Dr Yohana Wilson Shaghude from the Institute of Marine Sciences (IMS) serving as a research coordinator under the project, and Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute’s (KMFRI) Dr Immanuel Mbaru who is the thematic expert under MarCOSIO.

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Coral bleaching

As the 2023 bleaching season comes to an end, the Western Indian Ocean (WIO) region can breathe a sigh of relief. Over the past three years, the WIO has experienced lower occurrences of coral bleaching, thanks to cooler seasons that have contributed to a positive trend in coral reef health.

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Overall coral bleaching risk in WIO low, February forecast shows

Coral bleaching alerts are out!! According to research findings by CORDIO East Africa (, a MarCOSIO partner under the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security and Africa Marine and Coastal Operations for Southern Africa project, the overall coral bleaching risk in Western Indian Ocean (WIO) region in 2023 is quite low.

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