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Head of South African coastal observation visits IMOS office during Antarctic circumnavigation
IMOS hosted a visit by Dr Tommy Bornman from the South African Environmental Observation Network (SAEON). He is on the Cape Town to Hobart leg of the Swiss Polar Institute Antarctic circumpolar expedition (ACE) which arrived in Hobart yesterday.
Dr Bornman leads the Coastal (Elwandle) Node of SAEON, which is mandated to undertake long-term monitoring and research on South Africa’s coastal zone.
Dr Bornman gave a presentation in the IMAS lecture theatre on the work of SAEON and its plans for developing research infrastructure in South Africa. He was keen to meet with IMOS staff to discuss issues of mutual interest to our two organisations and to share experiences of developing a national marine observation capability.
One of the areas of particular interest to SAEON is data management and access, an area in which IMOS has considerable experience. SAEON is also planning to expand its coastal observation infrastructure to include moorings that transmit data in real-time. Again, this is an area where IMOS can share its experience.
IMOS can learn from SAEON too, as it undertakes a successful national educational outreach program. Although not mandated to run an education program, IMOS is interested in such outreach activities as they help to develop the next generation of marine scientists, data managers and other related professionals.
The Swiss Polar Institute’s ACE journey has now completed its first leg, having arrived in Hobart. As part of his presentation today, Dr Bornman showed a video of highlights of the journey so far, from South Africa to Tasmania.
ACE participants are conducting a number of research projects along the way and while in Hobart, many are networking with others who share their professional interests.