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#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.

Published in Marine Science

Marine Wildlife Around Ireland One of the greatest memories of any day spent boating around the Irish coast is an encounter with marine wildlife.  It's a thrill for young and old to witness seabirds, seals, dolphins and whales right there in their own habitat. As boaters fortunate enough to have experienced it will testify even spotting a distant dorsal fin can be the highlight of any day afloat.  Was that a porpoise? Was it a whale? No matter how brief the glimpse it's a privilege to share the seas with Irish marine wildlife.

Thanks to the location of our beautiful little island, perched in the North Atlantic Ocean there appears to be no shortage of marine life to observe.

From whales to dolphins, seals, sharks and other ocean animals this page documents the most interesting accounts of marine wildlife around our shores. We're keen to receive your observations, your photos, links and youtube clips.

Boaters have a unique perspective and all those who go afloat, from inshore kayaking to offshore yacht racing that what they encounter can be of real value to specialist organisations such as the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) who compile a list of sightings and strandings. The IWDG knowledge base has increased over the past 21 years thanks in part at least to the observations of sailors, anglers, kayakers and boaters.

Thanks to the IWDG work we now know we share the seas with dozens of species who also call Ireland home. Here's the current list: Atlantic white-sided dolphin, beluga whale, blue whale, bottlenose dolphin, common dolphin, Cuvier's beaked whale, false killer whale, fin whale, Gervais' beaked whale, harbour porpoise, humpback whale, killer whale, minke whale, northern bottlenose whale, northern right whale, pilot whale, pygmy sperm whale, Risso's dolphin, sei whale, Sowerby's beaked whale, sperm whale, striped dolphin, True's beaked whale and white-beaked dolphin.

But as impressive as the species list is the IWDG believe there are still gaps in our knowledge. Next time you are out on the ocean waves keep a sharp look out!

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