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Awa Bousso Dramé

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Awa Bousso DRAMÉ
Department of Geography
Environmental Modelling & Earth Observation Group
Coastal & Estuarine Research Unit
UCL - University College London
North-West Wing
Gower Street
WC1E 6BT London

Email: awabousso.drame.20@ucl.ac.uk

 

Supervisors
Dr Helene Burningham - UCL 
Dr Moussa SALL  - WACA Program
(West African Coastal Areas Program, from the ECOWAS, IUICN,World Bank)

 

Funding
2020 Faculty for Future Fellowship, Schlumberger Foundation
UCL Overseas Research Scholarship (ORS)

 

Current research

Climate change and human impacts on sediment dynamics and shoreline morphodynamics in the context of geopolitically sensitive cross-border coastal systems (Senegal estuary)


Coastal systems in the Anthropocene are facing complex and compounding challenges associated with the interaction between climate change impacts and human intervention. In West Africa, large sedimentary systems are susceptible to change in sediment sources and supply, and changes in climate forcing have influenced the development of these coastal frameworks over centuries and millennia. But over more recent decades and centuries, the role of climate variability is compounded with the decisions and interventions of humans, through artificial modification of coastal systems, regulation and control of watersheds, and construction of settlements and structures that interfere with coastal processes. The Senegal river and estuary forms the border between Senegal and Mauritania for over 700 km, which brings important geo-political implications to the interactions between climate impacts, human intervention and societal adaptation. The sedimentary system of the Senegal delta comprises extensive sand spits that frame the river mouth that influences the fluvio-tidal regime of the estuary; but the mouth and spit themselves are controlled by changes in water and sediment fluxes, in addition to direct artificial modification of the system. This project investigates sediment source, supply and circulation throughout the Senegal estuary and delta coast, the drivers of variations in these, and the implications for morphological change over different temporal and spatial scales. Geospatial analysis of the inlet morphodynamics will focus on understanding the role of specific drivers, including wave climate variations, fluvial processes, human decision-making, and interventions. The research will consider the sensitive geopolitical context, coastal hazards, cross-border sediment dynamics and propose sustainable adaptations to climate change.

Biography

Education

Sept 2020 – Present         PhD in Physical Geography (Geomorphology & GIS) University College London (UCL), United Kingdom

Jan 2019 – Jun 2019        MRes. Earth & Environmental sciences, Spring term exchange (A+, 1st Class Honors) Columbia University, New York, USA

Sept 2017 – Jun 2019      MRes. Environmental Sciences, (2year-degree) (1st Class Honors) Sorbonne University (Paris IV), France

Jan 2017 – Jun 2017        BSc Geography & Planning, Spring term exchange, (1st Class Honors) Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Sept 2014 – Jun 2017       BSc Geography and Planning, (3-year degree), (1st Class Honours) Sorbonne University (Paris IV), France


Awards / Prizes

April 2019                          Emerging Scholar Award, 11th International Conference on Climate Change: Impacts & Response, Washington DC, USA

July 2014                           2nd Prize Senegalese National Schools Competition of Geography                                                                                                                                                             Senegalese Ministry of Education, Dakar – Senegal

Funding

Sept 2020                          UCL Overseas Research Scholarship, University College London

Sept 2020                          Faculty for Future Fellowship, Schlumberger Foundation

Apr 2019                            Research travel grant, EarthCube and the National Science Foundation (NSF)

Feb2019                            The Earth Institute Research Support Grant, Columbia University, New York, USA

Jan 2019                            Research grant, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Columbia University, New-York, USA

March 2018                        Mobility scholarship, The Francophone University Agency (Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie)

Jan 2017                            IDEX Excellence fellowship, Sorbonne University, « Investissements d’Avenir » program of French Ministry of Higher Education

Research / Professional experience

Sept 2020 – Present         Teaching Assistant (Geomorphology, Environmental GIS, Earth System)                                                                                                                                                      University College London (UCL), United Kingdom

Jan 2020 – April 2020       Consultant in Data Sciences/Management & Business Development                                                                                                                                                            Makesense Africa, Dakar, Senegal

Jan 2019 – May 2019        Research Affiliate                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             The Earth Institute Columbia University, New- York, USA

Mar 2018 – Jun 2018        Geomorphologist and GIS Specialist Junior (internship)                                                                                                                                                                                Institut de Recherche pour le Développement) (IRD), Dakar, Senegal

Jan 2016 – Dec 2017        Research Assistant, ENVEXX Research Project                                                                                                                                                                                            Sorbonne University, Paris, France & Abisko, Sweden

Jun 2017 – Aug 2017        Research Assistant Geomorphologist and GIS Analyst Jr (internship)                                                                                                                                                          Institute of Geomorphology and soils, Malaga, Spain

May 2017                          Field intern, Cyprus field trip, Geography department                                                                                                                                                                                    Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Jul 2016 – Aug 2016          Assistant in GIS & Environmental Survey (West African Coastal Area Program, internship)                                                                                                                        Centre de Suivi Ecologique, Senegalese Ministry of Environment & Sustainable Development, Dakar, Senegal

 

 

Affiliations

- WACA - West African Coastal Areas Programme (ECOWAS, IUCN, World Bank)

- British Society for Geomorphology (BSG)

- American Geophysical Union (AGU)


Publications

Papers

Burningham, H., Polizel, S.P. and Dramé, A.B. in press. Morphodynamics of tropical Atlantic river mouths and their adjacent shorelines. Morphodynamics of tropical Atlantic river mouths and their adjacent shorelines (West Africa and Brazil), Challenges in Estuarine and Coastal Science on the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the Estuarine & Coastal Sciences Association

Dramé A. B. and Mercier D., (2021), ‘’Dynamics of Senegal & Mono (Benin) cross-border estuaries: between coastal hazards, vulnerability and coastal communities resilience”, “Vulnerability of West African coastal, estuarine environments and societies”, 19-22 November 2019, IRD Senegal & Assane Seck University Ziguinchor, Senegal (Conference proceedings)

Dramé A.B., Phallocratie et Odyssée des Femmes de la société Sénégalaise contemporaine : vers une révision du contrat social”  in Ndiaye N. (dir.), ’Egalité femme-homme dans la société sénégalaise contemporaine”, Dakar, Senegal  (accepted)

 

Conferences and Talks

Dramé A. B. and Mercier D., 2020 (accepted), ‘’Dynamics of Senegal & Mono cross-border estuaries: between coastal hazards, vulnerability and coastal, community’s resilience”,  “Vulnerability of West African coastal, estuarine environments and societies”, 19-22 November 2019, IRD Senegal & Assane Seck University Ziguinchor, Senegal

Dramé, A.B., 2019, “Impact assessment of an on-shoreline highway extension in Dakar (Senegal): Coastal erosion and  flood risk”, At What Point Managed Retreat? Resilience Building in the Coastal Zone, The Earth Institute, Columbia University, New York, USA

Dramé, A.B., 2019, “Coastal erosion and flooding in Saint-Louis (Senegal), 15 years after the breach opening on the Langue de Barbarie sandspit: increasing exposition or cross-border coastline resilience?”,11th International Conference on Climate Change: Impacts and Responses, Focus on Coastal resilience, Washington DC, USA

Dramé, A.B., 2019, (Poster): “Coastal erosion and flooding in Saint-Louis (Senegal), 15 years after the breach opening on the Langue de Barbarie sandspit: increasing exposition or cross-border coastline resilience?”, The Earth Institute Research Showcase, Columbia University, New York, USA

Dramé, A.B and ALI M., 2017, “Black Women: between ambitions and glass ceilings”, International conference on Feminist Geographies,Sorbonne University Paris, France

Dramé A.B., Philippot T., Piau T. , 2017, (Poster), “The Envexx Experiment: learning through research”, Sorbonne Science Fair 2017, Paris, France

 

Teaching

2020-2021Academic year

Teaching Assistant

Undergraduate Modules:
- Geomorphology (GEOG0019), Module convenors: Dr Helene Burningham and Prof Jon French

MSc Modules
- Environmental GIS (GEOG0035), Module convenor: Dr Helene Burningham

 

 

2021-2022 Academic year

Undergraduate Modules:
- Geomorphology (GEOG0019), Dr Helene Burningham and Prof Jon French
- Earth system, Understanding our Planet (GEOG0005), Module convenor: Dr David Thornalley