SA, France set up climate study lab

first_img17 January 2011 The agreement between the two countries will see the development of an international Master of Science degree in Atmospheric, Oceanographic Sciences and Climatology between UCT and UBO, the participation of ICEMASA scientists in lectures and seminars in South Africa, and the training of African students and junior scientists to use quantitative research methods in marine ecology studies. The centre, through which researchers will also study ocean circulation and the effects of global climate change on fisheries, was launched at the Department of Environmental Affairs’ offices at Cape Town harbour last week. Steyn said the department had been involved with France with various other marine research programmes for 14 years, and that these programmes had helped to train many South African scientists over the years. Source: BuaNews IRD President Michel Laurent said South Africa was an important meeting place for three different ocean systems, which made the area one of the most interesting to study. UCT deputy vice-chancellor Daniel Visser said the agreement would help UCT to become a centre of learning and teaching that was relevant to the continent and that contributed both to south-south integration and to regional integration. Cooperation had previously focused mainly on biological and oceanographic research on the West Coast’s Benguela current system, but would now be expanded to include the effect that climate change was having on both coasts. Added to this, he said South Africa, and particularly UCT, was a leading player in marine research on the African continent, and had also for more than 10 years been implementing an ecosystem approach to fishing which was internationally recognised. Johan Steyn, chief director of marine resource management at the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, welcomed the establishment of ICEMASA, which he said would build on existing cooperation between the two countries.center_img New degree qualification “It has thus become a real model for countries of the north and the south,” he said. Eight visiting French scientists had already been posted to UCT for a four-year period – the duration of the first phase of ICEMASA. They were supervising one Masters and three PhD students who were receiving funding through ICEMASA. This follows an agreement between South Africa’s University of Cape Town, Department of Environmental Affairs and Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, and France’s Universite de Bretagne Occidentale (UBO) and developing-country research arm the Institut de Recherche Pour Le Developpement (IRD). South Africa and France have set up a joint laboratory, the International Centre for Education, Marine and Atmospheric Science over Africa (ICEMASA), to study the impact of climate change on marine ecosystems in the Indian, Atlantic and southern oceans. Leading player in marine research He said another key focus of the agreement was that of capacity building, pointing out that the IRD presently had 16 laboratories with 1 500 scientists and engineers plus almost as many professors from the French side. The IRD has allocated an annual cash budget of €50 000 (about R453 000) to ICEMASA, as well as €1.2-million (about R10.89-million) for equipment.last_img read more

No tomorrow

first_imgBSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Jefferson scored 28 points in his first PBA game, which was against the Batang Pier. There were three locals in twin digits in that lopsided win for Compton, who went on to beat Blackwater, Mahindra and defending champion Rain or Shine before the drought struck.GlobalPort was a far different team then, with an ineffective reinforcement in Sean Williams and Terrence Romeo sitting out that game because of flu-like symptoms.Romeo has returned to his throne as the team’s leading local scorer. He and Stanley Pringle will be Compton’s main defensive concerns.Alaska’s local crew will be led by the likes of Calvin Abueva, Chris Banchero and Kevin Racal with Sonny Thoss and Dondon Hontiveros lending their veteran presence.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR MOST READ Unable to win for more than two months now, the Aces will come into the 6:30 p.m. knockout contest looking to duplicate a 107-79 ripping of the Batang Pier at the start of this conference last March 17, a win that touched off a four-game winning streak that justified Alaska’s tag as one of the teams to beat here.Armed with one of the best imports in the conference in Corey Jefferson and a local crew other teams drool over, the Aces are now down to their last shot to make the playoffs and arrange a quarterfinal duel with No. 1 Barangay Ginebra.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“[This is our] last chance. No excuses,” Alaska coach Alex Compton said after preparing his charges against a GlobalPort crew that, unlike the Aces, enjoyed some measure of success late in the elimination round to be in this knockout tussle.“It’s time for our best,” Compton said. LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blastcenter_img Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games A pretournament favorite practically every time, Alaska has been the perfect definition of what heart-rending is.The losers of their last seven games, the Aces try to look for a little ray of sunshine on Sunday night when they slug it out with GlobalPort for the right to play on—even for just one more game—in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay.ADVERTISEMENT Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Dominant Baniqued nears IronKids sweep, Borlain makes triumphant return GlobalPort went 2-2 in closing out the classification phase, undergoing a massive overhaul at around that time by acquiring several blue-chip locals and a new import in Justin Harper.The winner of this match will advance against the Gin Kings and would need to defeat Ginebra two straight times to make it to the Final Four.Return of Gregzilla?Incidentally, Ginebra coach Tim Cone, minutes after booking top seeding, said that cornerstone Greg Slaughter could make a return to active duty later in the playoffs, with the 7-foot center now attending practice.“There’s a chance,” Cone told the Inquirer. “It may be 20-80 at this time, but there’s a chance. He’s getting himself back into game shape.”ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more