The Polytechnic of Namibia’s School of Natural Resources and Spatial Sciences successfully hosted a two-day international science workshop on the 7-8 October 2015, held at the PoN Hotel School. The workshop focused on the study of aerosols in relation to the interaction of biomass burning with the permanent Atlantic stratocumulus cloud (encompassing atmosphere-earth-ocean studies), and regional interests in sea-earth-air linkages (SEALS-sA).
Scientists from various local and international institutions participated and contributed to the workshop. These included local institutions such as Gobabeb Desert Research & Training Centre, the University of Namibia (UNAM), the Polytechnic of Namibia (PoN), Ministry of Fisheries & Marine Resources, and international institutions such as the Meteorological Office and the University of Oxford (both U.K.), the Inter-university Laboratory on Atmospheric Systems (France), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA, USA), and North-Western University (NWU) and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) (both South Africa), Okavango Research Institute (Botswana) and University of Lubango (Angola).
The workshop provided an opportunity for scientists to discuss their interests in this (and related) topics and develop a collaborative science network between different partners to ensure the maximum use of data generated by different projects and to maximise opportunities for capacity development in the SADC region. The output from the meeting was a declaration made from the different scientists to work together under the Sea Earth Atmosphere Linkages Study in Southern Africa (SEALS-sA) umbrella. The white paper for SEALS-sA will be developed over the upcoming months and provide a long term framework for regional and international collaboration for the next 10-15 years.