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Nansen Tutu Center

Dept of Oceanography

University of Cape Town

Rondebosch, Cape Town, 7700, South Africa

 

Sharon.Bosma at uct.ac.za

 

GINA (Gliders in the Agulhas Experiment)

GINA is a multi-institutional project funded by CSIR-NRE (SOCCO, Coastal Systems and Ecosystem Earth Observations groups),  Nansen-Tutu Centre for Marine Environmental Research, University of Gothenburg (Department of Marine Science), SAEON, ORI, DEA. Like drones, ocean gliders are autonomous robotic platforms which can be piloted from land. In June/July 2017, an SV3 Liquid Robotic Waveglider and a Seaglider will undertook a 2 month journey from Richards Bay to Port Elizabeth. On the 7 of September 2018, A nother glider was launched off Richards Bay. Throughout their journey the gliders will measure a range of oceanic parameters. The collected information will in turn be used by marine scientists to improve our knowledge of how the Agulhas Current influences the coastal regions along the South African eastern shores.

GLOBECURRENT

The aim is to advance the quantitative estimation of ocean surface currents from satellite sensor synergy and to demonstrate the impact and advancements through user-led scientific, operational and commercial applications.  This in turn, is expected to highlight the advantages of satellite approaches and increase the uptake and exploitation of satellite ocean current measurements. The GlobCurrent project is funded by the ESA Data User Element (DUE) element under the ESA-ESRIN Contract No. 4000109513/13/I-LG.

GLOBECURRENT

The aim is to advance the quantitative estimation of ocean surface currents from satellite sensor synergy and to demonstrate the impact and advancements through user-led scientific, operational and commercial applications.  This in turn, is expected to highlight the advantages of satellite approaches and increase the uptake and exploitation of satellite ocean current measurements. The GlobCurrent project is funded by the ESA Data User Element (DUE) element under the ESA-ESRIN Contract No. 4000109513/13/I-LG.

PIRATA

The Kizomba PIRATA buoy, is the south-eastern extension of the original PIRATA array of moorings. It was deployed in 4 100 m deep at about 6° S, 8° E in May 2013. On top of typical PIRATA sensor, the mooring is fitted with a surface currentmeter and an incoming longwave radiation sensor to have an accurate description of the net heat budget in the location of the mooring, under the stratocumulus desk of the South Atlantic, a region notoriously known for bias in ocean atmosphere coupled model. Mooring data and satellite remote sensing estimates of salinity indicates numerous intrusions of low salinity water from the Congo River since 2013. The addition of a current meter is of great value in interpreting the results. Moreover CTD transect from the coast to the mooring location during replacement offer new insight on the hydrography of the region.

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