Ocean Geomicrobiology 2017 in the Benguela Upwelling System, Namibia

April 13 – May 12, 2017

at the University of Namibia's Sam Nujoma Research Center in Henties Bay and Namibia's National Marine Information and Research Center in Swakopmund.


The South-North flowing Benguela Current creates upwelling cells along the coast of Southwestern Africa. Here, cold, nutrient and CO2-rich upwelling water leads to one of the world's most productive marine ecosystem. The high productivity is the basis for a prosperous fishing industry. At the same time, degradation of excess biomass leads to rapid oxygen depletion, the formation of oxygen minimum zones (OMZ) in the water column and at times to massive upwelling of hypoxic water masses containing microbial metabolites that can be toxic to oxygen-dependent forms of life. Read more.

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