The Diplomatic Society

 
  • Increase font size
  • Default font size
  • Decrease font size

Environmental team on winter research voyage

23 July 2015

Pretoria - The Department of Environmental Affairs’ SA Agulhas II has embarked on a winter research expedition.

The team of researchers left on Wednesday evening to gather physical, biological and chemical oceanographic data.

The Department of Environmental Affairs has collaborated with the Department of Science and Technology (DST), the National Research Foundation (NRF) and Council for Scientific Industrial and Research (CSIR) to embark on the research voyage, which is estimated to take 25 days out in the Southern Ocean.  

“The expedition aims to fill a significant research void in the ocean and climate numerical models, which are unable to accurately simulate seasonal processes.

“The voyage provides a unique opportunity to map large-scale spatial patterns of phyto and zooplankton using the Continuous Plankton Recorder between the ice edge and Cape Town during winter,” the department said.

The department said the data obtained from the cruise, along with data obtained from other seasons, will contribute towards a more detailed description and understanding of spatial, seasonal, inter-annual and multi-decadal changes in community structure as well as abundance and distribution of plankton in the Southern Ocean.

The voyage will also serve as a practical expedition for selecting postgraduate students in the field of Marine Biosciences and Southern Oceans research.

“Students will gain first-hand experience in various research collection methods.

“The training will also be complemented by technical skills which the students will be exposed to during the trip,” the department said.

SAnews.gov.za

 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
_________________________________________________

January 2018

 
 
_________________________________________________

Translater


 
 

 
 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Modest Prosperity 12 December 2017 A book review by K Bhana A seminar was hosted by the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) and the Embassy of the PRC in South Africa to launch the second... <|> United Arab Emirates National Day 15 December 2017 The National Day of the United Arab Emirates, Al Yawm Al Watani, is celebrated on 2 December each year. It marks the UAE's Union Day between the... <|> 54th Jamhuri Day Celebrations 15 December 2017 HE Jean N. Kamau, High Commissioner of Kenya to South Africa, hosted the 54th Jamhuri day Celebrations in Pretoria on 7 December 2017. The... <|>   Media and Advertising 14 February 2018 We took a peep into the future of advertising this February when RTAd Ltd, part of Iocono Holdings from London, became Global Media Innovator, GMI... <|> SA eyes World Science Forum 14 December 2017 South Africa has thrown its hat into the ring to host the World Science Forum in 2021. Initially held only in Hungary, central Europe, this biennial... <|> Easing travel regulations between South Africa and Kenya 3 May 2016 South Africa and Kenya have announced measures that will make travelling between the two countries easier. South African Home... <|> <|> 26th Independence Anniversary of Kazakhstan 15 December 2017 21 journalists from 15 countries were invited for an eight day whirlwind tour of three major cities of Kazakhstan, in the heart of... <|> <|> SA Agulhas II sets sail for the 57th Antarctica expedition 15 December 2017 Not long after the SA Agulhas II set off on the International Indian Ocean Expedition, the vessel has once again left the... <|>
© copyright 2011-2017| The Diplomatic Society| All Rights Reserved.