UCT RESEARCH INNOVATION HIGHLIGHTS 2018-19 - Page 22



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Priceless climate-change
data haul from Antarctica
The thousands of seawater, ice and plankton samples
brought home by the UCT 2019 Weddell Sea
Expedition research group may take up to five years
to analyse and interpret.
But the data yielded by this stockpile
will be priceless in understanding
changes to the Antarctic ice shelves
and their role in climate change.
When it docked in Cape Town on 15
March, the SA Agulhas II had recorded
a round trip of over 11 000 kilometres;
an “unprecedented” international
scientific expedition of 40 worldleading researchers – including nine
from UCT.
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