In June 2011, the UK's National Oceanography Centre (NOC) is to take part in an ambitious project to 'spread the word' about marine research and the importance and vulnerability of the world's oceans, with particular focus on the Mediterranean and Ligurian/northern Tyrrhenian Seas.
The project, 'Environmental Impacts Know No Boundaries: A Marine Environmental Workshop for Graduate Students from Mediterranean Nations' is to be hosted by the ENEA Marine Environment Research Centre, La Spezia, Italy, June 5-17, 2011, and is sponsored by EcoOcean and Environmental Ocean Team.
A major aim of the two-week programme is to create international cooperation in marine research and management of the Mediterranean Sea. The graduate students attending the workshop are from Greece, Turkey, Israel, Tunisia, Italy, Lebanon, Palestine, Malta and the United Kingdom. The students have a range of interests, including physical and chemical oceanography, marine biology, and coastal/marine management.
In addition to attending lectures and practical demonstrations given by experienced marine scientists, there will a field trip to Cinque Terre National Park, a Unesco World Heritage site, as well as an organised trip to Genoa and its world-class marine aquarium. During the second week, the students will have the opportunity to conduct research at sea on board EcoOcean's research vessel Mediterranean Explorer and the Italian sailing vessel Adriatica. Some of this research will take place in the area of the Arcipelago Toscano National Park, the biggest Protected Marine Area in Europe, At the end of the venture, the students will write reports, and also present their findings at the La Spezia Marine Festival (to be held June 16-19).
One of the scientists involved, NOC's Dr Paolo Cipollini, who will deliver a lecture on remote sensing of the Mediterranean Sea via a videoconference link, said: "This is a wonderful opportunity for students with different bac
|Contact: Dr. Rory Howlett|
National Oceanography Centre, Southampton (UK)