The German Research Vessel, Meteor docked at the Walvis Bay Port to take on supplies and a new team of scientists for the ship’s next scientific cruise also held an open day for school children.
In this regard learners from two local schools, Namib High School and the Private School Swakopmund had the opportunity to visit the ship. Both schools are members of the PASCH (Schools: Partners of the Future) network in Namibia and the visit was made possible by the German Embassy in Namibia.
The purpose of the scientific cruise that started on 4 August in Mindelo, Cabo Verde and was led by Chief Scientist Dr Matthias Zabel from the University of Bremen was to investigate the link between the oxygenation of the ocean and the climate variations the phenomenon causes both historically and currently.
With the new team of researchers led by Prof Dr Peter Brand from the Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research in Kiel, the Meteor left Walvis Bay recently for its next research cruise.
On its way to Recife, Brazil, the new scientific expedition aims to investigate the circulation, upwelling and biogeochemistry in the equatorial Atlantic and along the eastern boundary of the tropical South Atlantic.
The school visit onboard the Meteor included a presentation by Philip Tuchen, a PhD student in physical oceanography at the Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research in Kiel, about the research activities onboard the ship. The children were also taken on a guided tour of the vessel which included the laboratories and the bridge.