Apply now to join North South Atlantic Training Transect (NoSoAT 2016)

NoSoAT 2015 teamPostgraduate students (MSc and PhD) of marine, atmosphere and climate-related sciences are invited to apply for a scholarship to join an international training survey on the RV Polarstern. This is the second annual NoSoAT training transect and is a joint collaboration between the Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI), the Strategic Marine Alliance for Research and Training (SMART), the Partnership for Observation of the Global Oceans (POGO), the Nippon Foundation and AtlantOS.

The deadline for applications deadline to apply for the North South Atlantic Training Transect (NoSoAT 2016) is Monday 23rd May 2016 at 18:00 UTC.

Successful applicants will receive a scholarship to cover tuition, travel, subsistence and accommodation costs to Bremerhaven and from Cape Town.

NoSoAT 2016 will investigate Ocean, Atmosphere and Climate interactions on a transect from Bremerhaven, Germany to Cape Town, South Africa from 12th November to 12th December 2016

On the transect postgraduate students will explore principles of oceanographic and atmospheric interactions and their impacts on climate. Investigations will focus on applied research techniques, supported by lectures, practical sessions and student presentations. Participants will gain hands-on experience in the deployment and operation of scientific instrumentation, data and sample acquisition, post processing, and data analysis and interpretation.

Themes and topics for NoSoAT 2016 include:

• Oceanographic Sampling and Data acquisition
• Atmospheric Lidar Systems
• Remote Sensing Techniques
• Climate Physics: Processes and Models
• Data Analyses and Dissemination
• Climate advocacy and governance

To get on board NoSoAT 2016 please go to the online application form here.

In 2015 eight students from Island of Ireland universities and institutes of technology (GMIT, UCC, NUIG, IT Sligo) were among 32 successful applicants from 19 countries. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn research skills in an international floating university lead by leading researchers at the nexus of climate, marine and meteorological sciences and should not be missed.NoSoAT 2016 poster

Further information on NoSoAT2016 is available online here or by emailing

The Strategic Marine Alliance for Research and Training (SMART) is a cluster of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), the Higher Education Authority and the Marine Institute, led by Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) and HEI partners that include Athlone Institute of Technology, NUI Galway and University College Cork.

SMART adds value to marine education across Ireland by developing and delivering practical offshore training on-board the Irish national research vessels for students of marine science, technology and engineering. The programme trains up to 350 graduate and postgraduate students annually in offshore multidisciplinary marine sciences in Ireland and across Europe with the ultimate aim of building offshore research capacity.

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