2019 South North Atlantic Training Transect - SoNoAT19

General Information

2 Jun 2019 to 29 Jun 2019

We are pleased to announce a call for applications to join a 'South-North Atlantic Training Transect' (SoNoAT) cruise on board the  RV Polarstern in June 2019.

The SoNoAT 2019 programme comprises a pre-cruise training (landbased) in Punta Arenas at the end of May 2019, which will be immediately followed by the research cruise, leaving from Port Stanley, Falkland Islands, on 2 June 2019 and ending in Bremerhaven, Germany, on 29 June 2019.

There will be 25 scholarships available for participants, which include travel to the departure port, return flight from Bremerhaven, and all costs involved with living on board during the training.

This 'Floating Summer School' aims to train the ocean experts of the future, and the programme will focus on training postgraduate students (Masters or PhD) of marine-related science and technology. Priority will be given to students from developing countries and countries with economies in transition. Diversity of race, gender and ethnicity will be encouraged and will promote cultural exchange and understanding.

The call for applications will be open from the 5 November until 30 November 2018. Successful candidates will be informed by the middle of December.


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Priority areas

What is offered

The South North Atlantic Training Transect (SoNoAT) is a training survey that brings together International participants through a collaboration between the Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI), AtlantOS, Partnership for Observation of the Global Ocean (POGO) and funded through the Nippon Foundation. The 2019 scientific programme is based on Ocean, Atmosphere and Climate interactions and is designed to provide participants with a thorough insight into the fundamental principles of our changing climate.

The cruise from Port Stanley (Falkland Islands) to Bremerhaven (Germany) will cover an enormous geographic range and will transit from temperate to sub-tropical regions. During the transect, participants will be trained in the principles of oceanographic, meteorological, atmospheric and tropospheric interactions and their impacts on climate. Work on-board will focus on active learning and hands-on, applied research techniques, supported by a suite of background lectures, exercises and presentations. Participants will gain hands-on training in the set-up and operation of scientific instrumentation and equipment, acquisition and processing of samples and analysis and interpretation of the respective data. In addition, participants will receive training in understanding climate processes, simple climate modelling and the legal framework of ocean governance and its impacts on research activities at sea. Students will also receive training in:

  • remote sensing
  • climate and meterology
  • oceanography and nutrients
  • mircoplastics
  • molecular methods
  • outreach

These data will allow us to categorise regional oceanic and atmospheric patterns and identify biogeographic provinces of the Atlantic. The practical work will be supported by on-board lectures, discussions, practical exercises, data workup sessions and peer-led presentations which will enable interpretation of the respective data.

Survey participants will be divided into groups which will rotate between the main disciplines. At the end of each rotation students will have a project day set aside to work on preparing that evenings presentation and on individual projects. The timing of project days is flexible and will of course be dependent on station positions.

As part of the assessment procedure students will be asked to complete two on-board assignments:

1. Individual Projects

Projects will be chosen by participants at the start of the cruise.

2. Cruise Report

Students will divide themselves up into discipline specific working groups (WG) based on their preferred area of interest. Teams will work-up and interpret data collected and write a short report on each section.


The teaching team will be:

  • Prof. Peter Lemke (AWI)
  • Prof Karen Wiltshire (AWi)
  • Prof. Peter Croot (NUIG)
  • Clynton Gregory (NUIG)
  • Dr. Therese Keck und Jan El KAssar (FU Berlin)
  • Kristine Carstens (AWi)
  • Dr. Inga Kirstein (University Arlborg)
  • Mara (University)
  • Anneke Heins(MPI Bremen)
  • Dr Eva Brodte (AWI) et al


How to apply

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