The RV Polarstern sets off from Bremerhaven with young scientists onboard to investigate ocean, atmosphere and climate interactions | POGO

The RV Polarstern sets off from Bremerhaven with young scientists onboard to investigate ocean, atmosphere and climate interactions

On 12th November 2016, the same day that “Oceans” is on the Global Climate Action agenda at the COP22 Marrakech Climate Change Conference, the RV Polarstern left Bremerhaven, Germany on its transect heading south to Cape Town, South Africa.

 

For many of the trainees onboard the German research ship, this will be the first time they will have experienced shipboard research. They will receive training in deployment and operation of scientific gear, acquisition and processing of the sample material and analysis and interpretation of the respective data. All of these skills are indispensable for investigating ocean, atmosphere and climate interactions and important in understanding how climate change is impacting on ocean ecosytems and services. The 25 international post-graduate scholars will reach 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.

 

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. Just before departure from Bremerhaven, Andrian Gajigan, a scholar from the University of the Philippines Diliman said “I come from the Philippines, a country like many, that has experienced extreme weather events in recent years. The supertyphoon Yolanda caused devastation in my country and I am eager to learn more about how we can monitor the ocean and better understand the ocean-climate interactions”. He continued, “There is no doubt that climate change is occurring and humankind has to work together to take measures to reduce our impact on the environment. This training will give me and my colleagues an invaluable opportunity to have hand-on experience on the practical aspects of making oceanography observations”.

 

The scholars and teachers prepare to board the Research Vessel Polarstern

©Lisa Spotowitz/Alfred-Wegener-Institut

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Issued by the Partnership for Observation of the Global Oceans (POGO) Secretariat.
Tel: +44 (0)1752 633424
Email: pogoadmin@pml.ac.uk

 

Image Credit: The scholars and teachers prepare to board the Research Vessel Polarstern ©Lisa Spotowitz/Alfred-Wegener-Institut

 

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 Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (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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