Researchers from Stellenbosch University and CSIR (South Africa, Western Cape) together with scientists from Princeton University (USA) will sail on board the SA Agulhas II, South Africa’s flagship for innovative research, again on her way from Cape Town to Antarctica: July to August 2015. We routinely blog about our research and life on board.

This project is part of a fantastic international collaborative effort: http://www.geotraces.org/. GEOTRACES is an international programme which aims to improve the understanding of biogeochemical cycles and large-scale distribution of trace elements and their isotopes in the marine environment. Scientists from approximately 35 nations have been involved in the programme, which is designed to study all major ocean basins over the next decade.

This project is also linked to the South African’s Southern Ocean Carbon and Climate Observatory (SOCCO). The SOCCO research strategy focuses on the hypothesis that fine scale ocean dynamics are key to understanding the role of the Southern Ocean in global century-scale trends of atmospheric CO2 and regional climate change.

Last but not least, we work together with the Cell, Molecular Biology and Genomics group (CMBG) at the Department of Biology of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) headed by Professor Atle M. Bones.

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