Andrew Hume is an Emmett - Interdisciplinary Environment and Resources Program (E-IPER) PhD student at Stanford University researching environmental development issues. Hume is a published marine ecologist with over a decade of field marine science research and international development experience. Prior to pursing his PhD, Hume managed publicly funded environmental development projects supporting developing country commitments under international environmental conventions at the World Wildlife Fund and the World Bank. Hume has also consulted for various United Nations agencies and conducted research at a marine laboratory in the U.K.
Poor data availability for natural resource management is a major problem in developing economies, especially island states that rely heavily on coastal natural resources linked to national development plans. The goal of this exploratory research is to identify environmental monitoring data gaps for improved coastal and marine resource management in low-income island geographies. The research aims to investigate government self-identified environmental data needs and barriers, and prototype low-cost sensors to meet data needs. Finding solutions to match environmental data needs will lead to more sustainable natural resource management and progress towards achieving sustainable development goals.
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