The German research vessel Maria S Merian will be used to carry out a Training and Capacity Building Cruise in Namibian waters during 23. September – 21. October 2011, in and out of Walvis Bay. The co-ordinators of this project, at the Universities of Hamburg and Namibia, invite up to 33 young scientists and students from Namibia and other countries in southern Africa to take part in one of the three legs of this cruise. Students and researchers who want to participate are requested to provide the information listed below to both co-ordinators by June 25th, 2011. Travel costs for participants will partly be provided by the project. Good health condition is required to join the cruise.
The aim of this cruise is contributing to a better understanding of the Benguela Current Ecosystem and thereby fostering the cooperation within the SPACES1 programme by helping in setting up partnership projects in research and development.
This research-based capacity building will bring together researchers and students from Africa and Germany on board RV Maria S Merian. A second major goal is educating undergraduate and graduate students in different marine disciplines – physics, bio-geochemistry, biology and geology – by using an integrated Earth System Science approach.
The cruise will be separated into three legs of 10 days duration each. Each leg will focus on one discipline, but research on the other topics is also feasible. More information can soon be found on the project’s website: http://www.ifm.zmaw.de/merian-namibia
Leg 1: 23. September to 01. October 2011, Physical Oceanography:
Cruise leader: Prof. Martin Visbeck, IFM-GEOMAR Kiel
Here we will look at the structure and physical dynamics of the Benguela Upwelling System and study the distribution of hydrographic parameters and the flow field. Particular attention will be paid to submesoscale-variability and its role in mixing the near-shore and the oceanic waters. Apart from classical measurement techniques (CTD and ADCP) we will also release an autonomous glider that, independent of the ship’s movement and position, can obtain a suite of measurements. Data are transmitted online to the ship via satellite. Plankton net hauls and a short course on physical oceanography and mixed layer modeling will round the program.
Leg 2: 02. to 11. October 2011, Marine Biology and Biogeochemistry:
Cruise leader Dr. Werner Ekau, ZMT Bremen.
This leg concentrates on observing and modeling the relationships between Climate Change, biogeochemical cycles of nutrients, climate relevant gases and ecosystem structures. The observations will help understanding the seasonal cycle of the Benguela system by adding to ongoing work within the GENUS program. It will focus on the collection of zoo- and ichthypoplankton for growth and food studies.
Leg 3: 12. to 21. October 2011, Marine Geology:
Cruise leader: PD Dr. Matthias Zabel, MARUM University of Bremen
Topics of this leg are Geosphere-Biosphere Interactions and Sediment Dynamics. Using up-to-date instrumentation we will study the nutrient fluxes across the interface sediment – water column, the role of microbes for carbon and nutrient cycles, the formation of phosphorites in habitats of large sulfur bacteria and the origin of the giant pockmarks in the southern part of the Namibian shelf. For the reconstruction of paleo-environmental conditions sediment cores will be taken.
Applicants, please provide the following information and send this as a single PDF to both co-ordinators by June 25th, 2011:
Prof. Edosa Omoregie email@example.com
Director SANUMARC Henties Bay University of Namibia
Prof. Detlef Quadfasel firstname.lastname@example.org
KlimaCampus, University of Hamburg
(1) Background: My CV (max 1 page)
Name, age, nationality, profession, affiliation. Address, E-mail address, phone.
What is your experience in science, in particular in marine science? Any university courses?
Have you been on a research vessel before?
Which languages do you speak?
Statements about personal fitness to work at sea for 10 days
(2) Motivation: The cruise and my future (max 2 pages)
Please answer the following questions. Not all of them may be applicable to you, so you may concentrate on those that are. Your answers will help us in selecting participants for the cruise.
A – Which of the proposed scientific topics are you mostly interested in? Why?
B – Do you have your own research topic(s) that you would like to pursue during the cruise?
C – What benefit for your personal career do you envisage from participating in the cruise?
D – What are your future career plans (basic science, industry, administration, other)?
E – Did you receive any help in preparing this application? If yes, by whom?