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UCT oceanographer joins South African Young Academy of Science
Fri, 24 Aug 2018 - 14:00
Congratulations Dr. Fawcett!

UCT oceanographer Dr Sarah Fawcett has been elected to the South African Young Academy of Science.


Julian Dani Ramanantsoa
Oceanography PhD student Juliano Dani Ramanantsoa discovers new coastal current
Thu, 19 Apr 2018 - 14:15

The discovery also forms part of Juliano's PhD, Variability of coastal upwelling south of Madagascar, under the supervision of Dr. Marjolaine Krug, UCT, (Senior Researcher) CSIR

UCT Oceanographers to participate in 2019 Antarctica Weddell Sea Expedition
Fri, 13 Apr 2018 - 12:30

Head of Dept., Prof. Isabelle Ansorge and Dr. Sarah Fawcett (UCT Oceanography) will participate in an unprecedented international scientific expedition to explore one of the coldest, harshest and most remote locations in the world: the Weddell Sea off Antarctica.

SEAmester 2018 - Applications are now open
Mon, 15 Jan 2018 - 11:00

SA Agulhas II will once again host SEAmester (South Africa's class afloat) set to sail  2nd July returning 12th July 2018. (Dates may change by a couple of days). Additional info on SEAmester is available [here]


FAMELAB 2017/2018
Tue, 05 Sep 2017 - 09:15

PhD. student Kolisa Sinyanya has been named the runner up in the 2017/2018 Cape Town heat of FameLab for her talk about the ocean’s biological carbon pump

Women In Science And Technology - Keneilwe Hlahane
SA Women in Science Awards 2017 winner - Keneilwe Hlahane
Wed, 30 Aug 2017 - 13:15

Congratulations to Keneilwe Hlahane! 

Keneilwe a Masters student in the Dept. of Oceanography received the the Women in Science Masters fellowship Award 2017 (WISA2017).

She received the award from Minister of Science and Technology Naledi Pandor on Thursday 17 August 2017.

New appointment: Head of Dept. of Oceanography
Thu, 28 Jan 2016 - 12:30

Associate Professor Isabelle Ansorge has been appointed as the new Head of the Department of Oceanography for a five-year term commencing 1 January, 2016.


News on the Latest cruise
Tue, 08 Sep 2015 - 12:15
Life aboard the polar research vessel SA Agulhas II was an education on its own, according to this report by five ocean climate dynamics master's students who headed into the frigid Southern Ocean in August.
IAEA OA-ICC Training Course on Ocean Acidification
Thu, 27 Aug 2015 - 09:30

The training course is organized by the Ocean Acidification International Coordination Centre (OA-ICC) of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), and is hosted by the University of Cape Town and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) of South Africa.

The purpose of the course is to train early-career scientists and researchers from IAEA African Member States entering the ocean acidification field, with the goal to assist them in becoming able to measure ocean acidification and to set up pertinent experiments, avoiding typical pitfalls and ensuring comparability with other studies. Expected outputs also include increased networking among scientists working on ocean acidification in Africa.

Oceanography partners with UCT eResearch to advance earth systems modelling
Thu, 27 Aug 2015 - 09:00

In order to predict changing climate patterns in the coming years and decades, scientists need to understand the various interactions that take place within what is referred to as the earth system. This means understanding and predicting the interactions between atmosphere, land surface, ocean and sea ice, - known as the physical system - as well as the biogeochemical processes, such as the carbon cycle, which interact with this physical system. Today scientists can sucessfully model this system, but it entails an immense level of computing power. This is why the Department of Oceanography is partnering with UCT eResearch to use high performance computing (HPC) facilities for ocean and climate modelling.

Neil Hart
Faculty of Science PhD. Medal
Fri, 07 Mar 2014 - 14:30

Department of Oceanography is glad to announce that one of our recent graduates, Dr. Neil Hart, has won the Faculty of Science PhD. medal for 2013 for his thesis  Synoptic-scale rainfall patterns over southern Africa: Scale interactions with large-scale modes of variability. In addition to  this medal he will also receive the Joseph Arenow Prize. Dr. Hart is currently a postdoctoral research assistant in the Dept. of Meteorology at Reading University. Our warmest congratulations.

Mark Matthews
Copernicus Masters Ideas Challenge
Tue, 04 Nov 2014 - 13:15

The Oceanography Department wants to congratulate Dr. Mark Matthews on being the winner of the Copernicus Masters Ideas Challenge 2014, for his idea on CyanoLakes. The Copenicus Masters 2014, which was held worldwide for the first time, received more than 170 entries from 43 different countries.  The ideas submitted offer a glimpse into the next generation of Earth observation services.