Students from University of Papua New Guinearsquo;s School of Natural and Physical Science Department have been undergoing a course on Physical Oceanography.
It is a joint collaboration withtheInternationalInstitute of Research and Development in Noumea, New Caledonia, ScrippsInstitution of Oceanography in California, USA and JAMSTEC a Japanese Government agency.
The course studiesthe moverment and circulation ofthe ocean current and how it affectsthe climate.
The 3-day course ran by Oceanography scientist from Japan, United States and France, New Caledonia was to help students’on how to collect data on ocean current circulation usingthe latest Ocean Data View Software.
The scientists saidthe seas ofthe West Pacific were of interest tothem because that is where most ofthe ocean moverment and current circulation take place.
They have been doing research and collecting data aroundthese areas.
Alexandre Ganachavct an Oceanography scientist from France saidthey are interested inthe moverment ofthe ocean and have taken samples from parts ofthe Solomon Seas.
He futher stated thatthey will share data collected fromthe research withthe students’to helpthem futher understandthe oceans surroundingthem.
Janet Sprintall from ScrippsInstitution of Oceanography in USA explained more on Physical Oceanography.
According tothe scientist data relating tothe ocean is a very important character of climate as it causes climate change resulting in draughts and cyclones.