Dr John Field, Emeritus Professor and Deputy Director of the Marine Research Institute (Ma-Re) at the University of Cape Town, has been awarded the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission’s (IOC-UNESCO) N.K. Panikkar Memorial Medal. Dr Field delivered his memorial lecture on 17 June at the Ocean Science Day. Recent developments in ocean science were presented to the IOCs 147 Member States, networks and partners. The overall objective was to improve decision makers’ understanding and awareness of current challenges and emerging issues around ocean science and governance through lectures and panel discussions with eminent experts.
Under continuing increase of the global human population, climate change and fisheries play an increasing role in driving changes in marine biodiversity, with strong implications for ecosystem services such as fish production and carbon export. In order to achieve a sustainable way of life which not only addresses current environmental challenges but also ensures a secure society well into the future, much progress has been made towards implementing the Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries (EAF) worldwide.
Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science at the University of Miami
The Partnership for Observation of the Global Oceans (POGO) is pleased to announce that the POGO-SCOR Visiting Fellowship programme for 2015 is now open for applications. The deadline for applications is 31 March 2015.
List of the seminars which will be held during February 2015.
Thirty two students from Angola, Namibia, Madagascar, Mauritius, Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Republic Democratic of Congo, South Africa, Norway, Germany, China, France, Spain and Netherland attended the Nansen Tutu Summer School on Ocean, Climate and Marine Ecosystem, hosted by the hosted by the Nansen Tutu Center for Marine Environmental Research, was held at University of Cape Town on 1st-8th December 2014.
Studies of biological processes in the ocean tends to focus on specific domains in time and space to address individual scientific questions, but it remains a challenge to merge results from different studies into an unified framework. My presentation suggest a new approach to bridge different scales by exploring how properties such as chlorophyll or Net Community Production (NCP) are distributed in time and space and to what extent changes in phytoplankton biomass is episodic or more uniform.
FOLLOWING a serious decline in the African penguin population, SA’s marine science community is fiercely debating the results of an experiment to determine the extent to which penguins and fishermen compete with each other.
Microbial and Geochemical Oceanography in Upwelling Ecosystems. 2nd African Discovery Camp for Research-based Training.
IN TABLE Bay, 7km west of Cape Town, lies Robben Island, famous as the site where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated for 18 of the 27 years he spent behind bars. It is now a museum, visited by up to half a million tourists each year.
But it is the island’s African penguins that are the new news story among SA’s marine science community. At stake is the fate of the species, which was listed as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature last year; and a model for managing conflict between predators and fisheries in similar marine ecosystems globally.
Ma-Re students Hayley Evers-King and Marie Smith were amongst the winners of the 2013/2014 LearnEO! lesson writing competition 2013/14 and received their prizes at ESA in Frascati, Italy, on Wednesday 5 November. The three winning lessons are now available on line.