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The Antarctic Circumpolar Expedition (ACE)

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On 20 December of this year an international and multidisciplinary research expedition called the Antarctic Circumpolar Expedition (ACE) will depart Cape Town, South Africa, with the goal of investigating the Southern Ocean. The research cruise will follow the path of the Antarctic Circumpolar Current (ACC) and is sponsored by the Swiss Polar Institute and Ferring Pharmaceuticals. The departure form Cape Town marks the first out of three legs, with the other legs starting in Hobart (Australia) and Punta Arenas (Chile).

screen-shot-2016-10-18-at-4-52-54-pmSource: Swiss Polar Institute (2016).

South Africa had a successful bid for joining this research cruise, called ‘A multi-disciplinary, multi-resolution approach to understanding nutrient cycling and microbial diversity in changing Subantarctic ecosystems’. This project is under the leadership of Dr Sarah Fawcett from the Department of Oceanography, UCT, and Professor Rosemary Dorrington from the Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology, Rhodes University. For more on the ACE please visit the links below.

Halo, I., Dorrington, R., Bornman, T., de Villiers, S. and Fawcett, S. 2016. South Africa in the Antarctic Circumnavigation Expedition: A multi-institutional and interdisciplinary scientific project. South African Journal of Science112 (9/10), 1-4.

Science X, 17 October 2016. Scientists launch unprecedented research mission.

News24.com, 17 October 2016. SA scientists join Antarctic circumnavigation.

 

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