Summer school of the Cluster of Excellence COTE on Ecology and society: Biodiversity and global change, 22-26 June, Bordeaux (France)
The Cluster of Excellence COTE, organizes its third Summer School on Ecology and society: Biodiversity and global change. It will take place in Bordeaux, 22-26 June 2015. The school will offer to PhD students and young researchers an excellent opportunity to interact with specialists (researchers, engineers and managers).
To apply, the participants will provide a CV, a short letter of nomination from their supervisor and a cover letter indicating the topic(s) that may be interesting to their on-going research, and their expectations attending to the school.
"Understanding how and why and to what effect the Agulhas flows, will reveal an elegant and beautiful natural system that, by the sheer chance of physics, makes our world a more comfortable place to live than it would otherwise be." - Dallas Murphy
The Agulhas Current is an extraordinary South African feature which has a strong impact on society given its influence on local and regional weather and climate, as well as biodiversity and fisheries.
Globally, the Agulhas Current provides a key pathway of heat and salt from the Indian Ocean into the South Atlantic, which is then transported equatorward. This distribution of heat and salt in the oceans, thermohaline circulation, is what regulates our climate.
The Agulhas System Climate Array (ASCA) is a multi-institutional, international collaboration. It is designed to provide the first long-term observations of Agulhas Current volume, heat and salt transport and its variability from mesoscale (eddies), through seasonal to interannual timescales, and critically, its contribution in terms of heat and salt to the Thermohaline Circulation - and thus its impacts on climate variability and climate change.
ASCA's objectives are to determine how the Agulhas Current varies over time, and by including additional instruments such as Sea-Bird Microcats along the mooring lines, to measure the heat, salt and volume flux of the current and better interpret what is being introduced into the Agulhas Return Current and the South Atlantic. Fundamentally this will improve our knowledge of the Thermohaline Circulation and global climate change.
The Alliance for Coastal Technologies looking to stimulate development of low cost, accurate nutrient sensors. The Nutrient Sensor Challenge is a global competition to incentivize the development and production of accurate, reliable, and affordable nutrient sensors to profoundly improve our ability to understand and measure aquatic nutrient pollution.
The Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) seeks a Principal Investigator (PI) to develop and direct a marine carbon cycle research team. A Ph.D. in the physical or biological sciences, D. Eng., or equivalent is required. Applicants who are at an early stage in their career (equivalent to assistant professor) with a demonstrated ability to work in an interdisciplinary environment are highly encouraged to respond.