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POGO Newsletter Issue 34: October 2018

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POGO Newsletter Issue 34: October 2018

Time-travelling deep sea scientists reveal historic plastics problem

News release from SAMS, October 23, 2018

 

 

Marine creatures living in the deepest parts of the ocean have been feeding on microplastic particles for at least four decades, a study has revealed. 

 

Researchers at the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) in Oban delved into the institute’s archived samples from the Rockall Trough, an area of deep sea off the west coast of Scotland, to assess the extent of microplastic ingestion in the stomachs of bottom-dwelling starfish and brittle stars.

 

2019 SCOR Visiting Scholars Program - applications open

SCOR began a program in 2009 to enlist the services of ocean scientists, from both developed countries and developing countries, to teach short courses and to provide more extended on-site education and mentorship at developing country institutions.

 

This program is open to any scientists who have time available to spend teaching and mentoring in a developing country for two weeks or more. The scholarships are not intended to conduct joint research, although such research may develop as an outcome of a visit.

 

Introduction to observational physical oceanography, Benin, West Africa

Since 2017, Prof. Ursula Schauer, of the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, Germany, has run an annual one-week course in Observational Oceanography as part of the existing master program in Physical Oceanography at the International Chair in Mathematical Physics and Applications (ICMPA - UNESCO CHAIR) at the University D’ABOMEY – CALAVI, Cotonou, Benin, West Africa. 

 

Living Planet Symposium 2019: Earth Observations for Human Health - Abstract Deadline 11 November 2018

The organisers have announced a special session on “Earth Observations of Aquatic Systems for Human Health” (topical session D.1.5) at the upcoming 2019 ESA Living Planet Symposium (13-17 May 2019) in Milan, Italy. This is related to the POGO-supported working group on Earth Observation for Ecology and Epidemiology of Water-associated Diseases.

 

Please find the session description below.

 

The deadline for submission of abstracts is November 11, 2018:

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