Regular readers may remember my announcement in March that we had been funded by the British Council Darwin Now Network to hold a scientific workshop and 'science under sail' feasibility study in Paraty, Brazil.
I am now in the position to divulge some detail:
When: September 20th-23rd, 2009
Where: Paraty, Brazil (see map below) and aboard the Brazilian Tall Ship Tocorimé (right)
What: A scientific workshop on the potential of doing modern oceanographic and biological research aboard a sailing ship such as on the voyages planned for the new Beagle and a feasibility study consisting of two day science cruises aboard the Tocorimé. The day-cruises will be coordinated with overhead passes of the International Space Station, where astronaut Mike Barratt (a.k.a. Cosmopithecus) will be photographing our position as a test-run for our future planned scientific collaborations. Hopefully, Mike will also be speaking with us live via ham radio, when, in addition to testing our ship-to-space connections he will be answering the questions of local school children in Paraty!
- ~20 marine scientists from around South America
- from the HMS Beagle Trust: Me! ...and Beagle Project co-founder David Lort-Phillips
- from the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton: Dr. Simon Boxall, oceanographer and collaborator on the brilliant Cape Farewell project (Note: Dr. David Billett, Co-Chair Ocean Biogeochemistry and Ecosystems Group at NOCS cannot join us in Paraty but he deserves a big mention as he is the Principal Investigator on this project and has done an enormous amount of work on the science and logistical side)
- from tall ship Tocorimé: Markus Lehman and Adriana Perusin
- from NASA: (alas, Dr. Susan Runco, Earth Remote Sensing Scientist of NASA's Image Science and Analysis Group can't join us - her replacement has yet to be named)
- ...and last but most certainly not least, Kevin Zelnio of Deep Sea News has kindly agreed to serve as our research technician!
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Formal press release coming soon but I wanted you all to be the first to know!