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Applications Open For North South Atlantic Training Transect

13th May 2016
Eight postgraduates from Irish institutions were among the 32 successful applicants on last year's transect Eight postgraduates from Irish institutions were among the 32 successful applicants on last year's transect

#NoSoAT2016 - Postgraduate students (both MSc and PhD) of marine, atmosphere and climate-related sciences are invited to apply for a scholarship to join an international training survey on the RV Polarstern.

This is the second annual NoSoAT training transect and is a joint collaboration 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 and AtlantOS.

The deadline for applications deadline to apply for the North South Atlantic Training Transect (NoSoAT 2016) is Monday 23rd May 2016 at 18:00 UTC.

Successful applicants will receive a scholarship to cover tuition, travel, subsistence and accommodation costs to Bremerhaven in Germany and from Cape Town, South Africa.

Polarstern (Hannes Grobe/Alfred Wegener Institute)

RV Polarstern (Hannes Grobe/Alfred Wegener Institute)

NoSoAT 2016 will investigate ocean, atmosphere and climate interactions on a transect from Bremerhaven to Cape Town from 12 November to 11 December 2016.

On the transect, postgraduate students will explore principles of oceanographic and atmospheric interactions and their impacts on climate. Investigations will focus on applied research techniques, supported by lectures, practical sessions and student presentations.

Participants will gain hands-on experience in the deployment and operation of scientific instrumentation, data and sample acquisition, post processing, and data analysis and interpretation.

Themes and topics for NoSoAT 2016 include:

  • Oceanographic sampling and data acquisition
  • Atmospheric lidar systems
  • Remote sensing techniques
  • Climate physics: processes and models
  • Data analyses and dissemination
  • Climate advocacy and governance

In 2015 eight students from universities and institutes of technology on the island of Ireland were among 32 successful applicants from 19 countries.

This is a fantastic opportunity to learn research skills in an international floating university led by leading researchers at the nexus of climate, marine and meteorological sciences and should not be missed.

Further information on NoSoAT2016 is available online HERE or by emailing [email protected] To get on board NoSoAT 2016, please go to the online application form HERE.

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