Second North-South Atlantic Training transect (NoSoAT) on-board RV Polarstern

The second “Floating Summer School” took place from Bremerhaven via Las Palmas to Cape Town (South Africa) in November-December 2016. An international group of 25 students was trained in basic techniques of oceanography and remote sensing. The participants learnt how to take samples, how to process them and deal with the accompanying data. The main water masses between the North Sea and Cape Town were characterized in terms of their hydrographic features down to a depth of approx. 500 m. A further focus during the transit cruise was physical and chemical measurements for energy and material exchange between ocean and atmosphere. In addition, the students received an introduction to the physics of the climate system, international climate negotiations and the law of the sea and its impacts on marine research activities.

NoSoAT was a joint project between the Alfred Wegener Institute, NF-POGO and the Irish Strategic Marine Alliance for Research & Training (SMART) program. It was funded by the Nippon Foundation through the NF-POGO Centre of Excellence and supported by REKLIM. NF-POGO provided travel grants to 11 scholars from Argentina, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Mexico, Nigeria, the Philippines, the Russian Federation and South Africa.

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