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Floating university

Date and location to be announced

A "floating university" will be offered in the North Atlantic on a Canadian and German research vessel. This hands-on training activity will introduce key technical aspects of field work in marine sciences as well as the concepts of teamwork, interdisciplinary and international collaboration and project leadership.

Planned program (subject to change):

Prior to the cruise the participants divide into three teams: physical oceanography, biological oceanography and marine geology. Each team develops a research question and devises appropriate sampling programme. the sampling programmes are then merged into an itinerary.

During the cruise the students receive hands-on rtaining in the use of instruments and gear in the fields of bathymetry (echo-sounder), physical oceanography (CTD), biological oceanography (plankton net and pigment fluorescence probe) and sediment sampling (multicorer, gravity corer).

Data and material collected during the cruise are processed on board according to regular scientific standards.

Each team delivers a written report that will form the basis of a joint cruise report documenting all methods, material and data collected and explaining how these have helped adressing the research questions of the three teams.

ArcTrain Canada comprises 9 Canadian partner institutions:

UQAM Memorial University of Newfoundland University of Alberta
ArcTrain is an international training program in collaboration with: