05.03.2014

The Coriolis II finished the oceanographic campaign in the San Jorge Gulf

The vessel conducted scientific studies in this area, including the coastline of the province of Chubut. The campaign was held in the framework of cooperation between Argentina and Canada.

First Research Stage by the Coriolis II Vessel Completed

Coriolis II Vessel in Comodoro Rivadavia.

The Coriolis II vessel completed the research survey in the Gulf San Jorge, including the coastline of the province of Chubut. The successful campaign, which began in January this year, entails oceanographic, geophysical and geochemical survey tasks, gathering valuable background for future research. The campaign was conducted jointly by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation, the University of Quebec, the CONICET and the province of Chubut.

Gustavo Ferreyra, Ph.D. in Oceanography and Coriolis II’s scientific coordinator for Canada, said "the campaign was successful" and highlighted the tasks performed by the ship.

The campaign consisted of a comprehensive study of the San Jorge Gulf both in oceanographic and marine geology matters. The sampling showed eight essential parameters for understanding the water column of the Gulf and the Blue Hole, to further study: chlorophyll, phytoplankton, light, salinity, temperature, pH, oxygen and turbidity. Geomorphology of the sea bed was also analyzed. Next stage will be the analysis of data and publication of research with preliminary results.

It is noteworthy that this type of research is seen as necessary and urgent, given the trend toward expanding the offshore oil exploitation and interactions of this type of activity with the climate change processes.

The project demanded an estimated total of $ 6.5 million, the Ministry granted more than $ 4,800,000. Meanwhile, the CONICET and the University of Quebec contribute to the project with human resources and the Chubut Province, through the National Secretariat of Environment and Sustainable Development, provided funds for expedition costs.

Argentine-Canadian Agreement

On August 2013, the Minister of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation, Mr. Lino Barañao, signed together with the governor of Chubut, Mr. Martín Buzzi; the President of the National Council of Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET), Mr. Roberto Salvarezza, the rector of the University of Quebec, Jean-Pierre Ouellet, and the director of such university, Serge Demers, the Coriolis Agreement.  The agreement promotes international cooperation for the research and development of marine science activities in the South Atlantic through the "San Jorge Gulf and the Chubut coastline ecosystem study and marine geology multidisciplinary programme".

About the Coriolis II

The ship has an overall length of 49.95 meters and weighs about 836 tons. Propulsion is provided by four six-cylinder Deutz diesel engines, with two variable pitch propellers of 750 revolutions per minute, which allows it to reach a speed of 15.75 knots. The boat has room for up to 14 scientists on board.

More information on bilateral cooperation

It is noteworthy that the call for the Cooperation Programme between the Ministry of Science and the University of Ottawa is open. Until April 11 calls for the submission of joint research projects in all scientific fields is open, with emphasis on nanotechnology, biomedicine and sustainable energy.  The call seeks the scientists networking, providing an additional contribution to the international mobility category within the framework of existing research and innovation projects, funding the exchange of scientists.

For more information: http://en.mincyt.gob.ar/convocatoria/mincyt-university-of-ottawa-cooperation-programme-9363

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