New generation of scientists to investigate ocean, atmosphere and climate interactions in North to South Atlantic Ocean Transect | POGO

New generation of scientists to investigate ocean, atmosphere and climate interactions in North to South Atlantic Ocean Transect

Coinciding with the COP22 Marrakech Climate Change Conference, the next generation of oceanographers will receive training in the skills required to investigate ocean, atmosphere and climate interactions. Twenty-five international post-graduate scholars selected from a total of 212 applicants will be departing from Bremerhaven, Germany on 12th November, heading south along the west African coast to complete the transect in Cape Town, South Africa on 12th December.


Known as the North South Atlantic Training Transect (NoSoAT), the programme is a joint cooperation between the Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI), the Strategic Marine Alliance for Research and Training (SMART), the Partnership for Observation of the Global Oceans (POGO), the Nippon Foundation (NF) and the European Commission-funded project AtlantOS.

The research vessel “Polarstern” will be the platform on which the young scientists will be learning ship-board methods for sampling and analysing waters ranging from the shallow shelf waters of the North Sea through the deep waters of the Canary Islands and the highly productive waters of the upwelling areas off the coast of Namibia. During the transit, postgraduate students will be trained in the principles of oceanographic and atmospheric interactions and their impacts on climate.


The oceanographic observations that will be made will acquire further data contributing to the understanding of climate processes. These observations are pertinent to the Paris Agreement which has been ratified by enough countries that produce a significant proportion of the world’s greenhouse gases for the agreement to enter into force. The Paris Agreement takes effect today, 4 November 2016 ahead of the COP22 Marrakech Climate Change Conference.


POGO and its capacity building partner the Nippon  Foundation is committed to furthering ocean observing capacity in the oceans and together will be sponsoring 11 of the scholars, all of whom are from developing countries. Prof. Karen Wiltshire, Chair of POGO and Deputy Director of AWI commented: “In the context of a rapidly changing climate, it is imperative that we have a pool of experts in oceanography in the generations to come. The oceans are the lifeline to our planet and it is essential make the measurements to show how human activities impact on the oceans and the climate to be able to advise on how to minimise and reduce these effects.”



©Folke Mehrtens/Alfred-Wegener-Institut

The Research Vessel Polarstern
©Folke Mehrtens/Alfred-Wegener-Institut 





















Issued by the Partnership for Observation of the Global Oceans (POGO) Secretariat. 
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Image Credit: The Research Vessel Polarstern ©Folke Mehrtens/Alfred-Wegener-Institut (higher resolution can be provided on request)


Notes for editors:

AtlantOS: AtlantOS is a large scale EU Horizon 2020 research and innovation project contributing to the Trans-Atlantic Research Alliance and GEO.
AWI: The Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI) is a foundation under public law and member of the Helmholtz Association -  the largest scientific organisation in Germany. AWI pursues research in the polar regions and the oceans of mid and high latitudes. As one of the 18 centres of the Helmholtz Association it coordinates polar research in Germany and provides ships like the research icebreaker Polarstern and stations for the international scientific community.
NF: The Nippon Foundation (NF) was established in 1962 as a non-profit philanthropic organization, active both in Japan and abroad, based in Tokyo, Japan. Since 2005, the Nippon Foundation has been funding various training programmes coordinated by POGO and both organisations work closely together to achieve common goals.
POGO: Since 1999 the Partnership for Observation of the Global Oceans (POGO) has served as a forum for leaders of major oceanographic institutions around the world to promote global oceanography, particularly the implementation of international and integrated global ocean observing systems. Comprising of 37 member institutes from 19 countries, POGO is an international network of collaborators who foster partnerships that advance efficiency and effectiveness in studying and monitoring the world’s oceans on a global scale.
Polarstern: The Research Vessel Polarstern is the most important resource for German polar research and the flagship of the Alfred Wegener Institute. Commissioned on 9 December 1982, the Polarstern has since logged more than 1.5 million nautical miles, or roughly 2.7 million kilometres (as of 2014). Today she’s one of the world’s most advanced and versatile polar research ships in the world.
SMART: The Strategic Marine Alliance for Research and Training (SMART) is a marine science partnership programme designed to further develop capacity in carrying out offshore operations on board research vessels for third level students of marine-related science and technologies. This strategic collaborative inter-institutional programme is led and funded by Irish Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and the Marine Institute and is also supported by the Higher Education Authority (HEA).

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