CHESS/ACDC One Ocean Field Course 2021

September 13, 2021 – December 6, 2021 all-day

When: September/October (weekly webinars), 8-24th of November, 2021 (field course)
Where: The field-based teaching will take place onboard the sailing vessel Statsraad Lehmkuhl from Curacao to Havana as part of the One Ocean Expedition and the UN Ocean Decade.
Credits: 5ECTS
Participants: Max 25 students (including participants from UWI, Cuba, USA, and Canada)
Organizer/Coordinator: Kerim Nisancioglu / UiB

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Application deadline: 23 June, 2021

Motivation: The ACDC/CHESS One Ocean field course is a response to Agenda 2030 and the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development. As part of the upcoming One Ocean Expedition, the sailing vessel Statsraad Lehmkuhl has been fitted with state of the art meteorological and oceanographic instrumentation, offering a unique opportunity for students to engage in hands-on field work in a truly interdisciplinary and international learning environment. We have 35 berths reserved from Curacao to Havana and will use the time onboard the sailing vessel, as well as the visits to the ports in the Caribbean, for field-based training in oceanography, marine meteorology and ocean chemistry in the context of the UN Sustainable Development Goals 13 (Climate Action) and 14 (Life Below Water).

International partners in the field course include UWI, Scripps, WHOI, McGill, UT, UW and Harvard. Thus, providing a unique scientific and cultural learning and networking experience between students and lectures from North American educational institutions as well as local Caribbean institutions with in-depth knowledge of the consequence of changes in ocean climate, marine pollution, storm surges, and extreme weather.

Description of activity: The course will start in early September with weekly webinars and colloquia on key topics (including deep ocean temperature, ocean-pollution, wave heights, extreme weather, sustainable development with local examples). The students will be divided into groups, each responsible for one topic, which will be developed under the supervision of a lecturer throughout the duration of the course. On the research cruise in November, the participants will be working in the same groups with hands-on field-based activities making use of the instruments onboard. The instrumental data collected will include ocean hydrography (automated and manual CTD measurements), automated and manual meteorological observations, continuous wave height monitoring, and ocean chemistry (including ocean pollutants and microplastics).

We will take advantage of the similarity of the One Ocean Expedition with the Challenger Expedition (1872-1876) which laid the foundation for modern oceanography and of which data is still crucial today in setting the baseline for ocean climate before the industrial revolution. While onboard Statsraad Lehmkuhl, the students will engage with the crew in repeating the original Challenger hydrographic measurements using hemp ropes (replicas made by maritime museum in Hardanger) and reversing thermometers, while calibrating the observations with modern CTD data. This work will be an important learning experience for the participants, as well as shedding new light in our understanding of a key historical data set.

Costs: for qualified students (ACDC and CHESS partners, as well as UiB Master and PhDs) the cost onboard the ship (berth and food) will be covered, as well as a travel stipend of 4000NOK, any other costs will have to be covered by the participants or their advisors. If you are an international applicant; please check with your adviser if your institution is an ACDC partner.

Note: US based students have an option of disembarking in Nassau (BS) on the 2nd of December instead of Havana (CW).

Read more details and curriculum here.