DSA news articles
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The department of Oceanography featured well in the last IPCC Working Group 1 report. The Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) provide a clear view of the current state of scientific knowledge relevant to climate change. It comprises three Working Group reports and a Synthesis Report. Most of the sited works from the department stemmed from published papers coming from PhD thesis and Post-Doctoral studies.
Bridging the Atlantic - The world’s oceans are undergoing significant changes – seen in indicators such as temperature and salinity. Dr Isabelle Ansorge PI of SAMOC-SA explains how South African scientists and students from the Oceanography Dept. and French technicians form IFREMER are involved in investigating the state of these changes.
“In collaboration with the UK Meteorological Office, the Department will be running a workshop entitled From Climate Science to Climate Services for Society during March 3-6, 2014."
The results of a ten-year study by Dr. M Matthews have revealed that harmful cyanobacteria are widespread in South Africa’s 50 largest dams, with the Hartbeespoort dam, in the North West, the Darlington dam, in the Eastern Cape, and Spitskop dam, in the Northern Cape, found to be the worst affected by cyanobacterial surface scum.