31 de out de 2008

XIII COLACMAR - Congreso Latinoamericano de Ciencias del Mar


El Comité Oceanográfico Nacional (CON) de Cuba y la Asociación Latinoamericana de Ciencias del Mar (ALICMAR), han decido organizar, de manera conjunta, el VIII Congreso de Ciencias del Mar y el XIII Congreso Latinoamericano de Ciencias del Mar, denominado ColacMarCuba'2009. Estos importantes eventos se realizarán del 26 al 30 de Octubre de 2009, en el Palacio de las Convenciones de La Habana.

ColacMarCuba'2009 convoca a científicos y demás profesionales vinculados a las ciencias, servicios y tecnologías costeras y marinas, educadores, sociólogos, economistas, hombres de negocios y gestores de políticas, entre otros.

El Comité Organizador de ColacMarCuba'2009 está cursando invitaciones a diversas personalidades, organizaciones gubernamentales y no gubernamentales, y otros organismos nacionales e internacionales que darán mayor relevancia y lucidez al evento.

30 de out de 2008

3rd GLOBEC Open Science Meeting - registration and abstract submission open



Registration and abstract submission are now open for the 3rd GLOBEC Open Science Meeting to be held in Victoria, BC, Canada, 22-26 June 2009.

This conference will culminate the integration and synthesis activities of the international GLOBEC programme by providing a new mechanistic understanding of the functioning of the marine ecosystems, in order to develop predictive capabilities and propose a framework for the management of marine ecosystems in the era of global change.

Please see the GLOBEC website for further details, http://www.globec.org

The meeting will comprise workshops, plenary and poster sessions. Up to 12 parallel workshops will be held on the first two days, with the remainder of the meeting held in plenary. The plenary sessions will include open sessions on Ecosystem structure, function and forcing; Ecosystem observation, modelling and prediction and Ecosystem approach to management and invited talks on GLOBEC achievements and Marine ecosystem science: into the future. A programme and further details of the workshops are available from the symposium website.

The deadline for abstract submission is 15 January 2009 and reduced early registration fees are available until 30 March 2009. Please note that we have to limit participation to 400 people and therefore it may be necessary to close registration when our maximum numbers are reached.

Limited financial support is available for scientists from developing countries and for early career scientists worldwide, applications should be submitted to the GLOBEC IPO by 15 January 2009. Further details of the application requirements are available from the financial support section of the meeting website, please note that priority will be given to applicants requesting partial rather than full funding.

Please contact the GLOBEC IPO, globec@pml.ac.uk, with any queries, we look forward to seeing you in Victoria next year.

16 de out de 2008

Petition: Continuity of satellite ocean observations

Source: http://ioc-unesco.org/satellite-continuity
 

 http://ioc-unesco.org/satellite-continuity


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A serious threat is affecting the continuity of ocean observation in the coming decade, at a time when marine activities are developing and climate change is accelerating, with such impacts as sea level rise, ice melting in polar regions, enhanced tropical hurricanes and increased coastal pollution. Ocean observation from space has now proved a very powerful means to detect and monitor climate change, to support marine safety and maritime activities, to monitor fisheries and fish stocks, to forecast coastal hazards and extreme events and help prevent major impacts, and in broad terms, to contribute to protecting lives and property at sea and in the densely-populated coastal regions of the world.

Based on the success of integrated ocean observation systems, which combine satellite data, sub-surface ocean measurements and numerical models, a number of operational services are now mature and ready to develop, provided that data continuity is guaranteed. This has been the rationale for the European programme Kopernikus (formerly known as GMES), highlighted in a recent European Forum in Lille, France, on 15-16 September, 2008. However it appears that two major elements of the European contribution to the necessary space-based observing system are in jeopardy.

Decisions (or non-decisions) are just about to be taken in Europe which may severely impact ocean observation capabilities in the next decades. As you may be aware, there will be a European Ministerial Council of the European Space Agency (ESA) on 25-26 November, 2008, in The Hague, where decisions regarding the second segment of the GMES Space Component programme (mainly based on the development of a series of satellite missions called "Sentinels") will be adopted. Lack of funding and European national interests could lead to dropping the second flight model of the ocean satellite (Sentinel 3-B). Nearly simultaneously a Jason-3 programme proposal – currently under consideration within Eumetsat with partners – is at risk of being rejected, as the European funding scheme has not yet been agreed on. Additionally the US part of Jason-3 is not yet firm either, and hesitations in Europe are threatening the decision process on the other side of the Atlantic, where Earth observation programmes have been severely cut in the past few years.

In both Sentinel and Jason cases, a senseless decision-making process, only based on geographical return and related industrial schemes instead of a rational analysis of measurement goals, and the overall lack of funding, have significant potential to destroy the continuity of fundamental data records of essential ocean and climate variables.

Jason and Sentinel missions are absolutely critical to the continuing development of societal benefits from ocean information. They provide information essential for matters as diverse as knowing the rate of global sea level rise (and whether it is increasing), to short term forecasts in support of oil rig operational decisions, pollution response, search and rescue from marine accidents, and improving monthly and seasonal weather forecasts. Decision-makers, often pressed by short-term budget concerns, are urged to recognize the long term consequences for their nations if these missions are not continued.

We, the signatories, request that adequate decisions are taken and appropriate funding is made available to guarantee the necessary continuity of ocean observation by satellite, which implies a quick decision for both Sentinel 3-B and Jason-3 at the forthcoming Council meetings. It is important to realise that the cost of these missions is but a small fraction of the savings permitted by the marine services now made possible for the benefit of society but which would collapse immediately, should the data source vanish.

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The petition along with the collected signatures will be forwarded on 1 November 2008 to the governing bodies of ESA, EUMETSAT, the European Commission, NOAA, NASA, CNES and other space agencies.

7 de out de 2008

X Encontro Nacional de Comitês de Bacias Hidrográficas

X ENCONTRO NACIONAL DE COMITÊS DE BACIAS HIDROGRÁFICAShttp://www.ecbhs.com.br

O Fórum Nacional de Comitês de Bacias Hidrográficas, como apoio do Governo do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, convidam voce para participar do "X Encontro Nacional de Comitês de Bacias Hidrográficas" com o tema "O Fortalecimento da Gestão Participativa das Águas - 10 Anos de Articulação dos Comitês de Bacias do Brasil", que acontecerá na cidaded do Rio de Janeiro de 10 a 14 de novembro.

Para maiores informações acesse:
http://www.ecbhs.com.br

                        

5 de out de 2008

UFMA agora terá Curso de Oceanografia

[Notícia recebida por e-mail]

Os egressos de ciências aquáticas terão a opção de continuar com o diploma de bacharel em Ciências Aquáticas ou mudar para Oceanografia.

A Universidade Federal do Maranhão terá o curso de Oceanografia. A proposta foi discutida e aprovada em fórum com professores, estudantes e representantes da Pró-reitoria de Ensino, que aconteceu nos dias 18 e 19 de setembro.

A mudança do nome do curso de Ciências Aquáticas para Oceanografia se dá ao fato dos profissionais formados terem dificuldades em se inserir no mercado de trabalho por não existir uma nomenclatura adequada para o formado na área, como também a inexistência nos editais de concursos públicos apesar do curso ter o legítimo reconhecimento pelo MEC.

A coordenadora do curso de Ciências Aquáticas, professora Maria do Socorro Saraiva Pinheiro, esclareceu que desde a Lei Federal 9.394 de Diretrizes Básicas de 20/12/1996, as instituições de nível superior do Brasil, de acordo com suas necessidades, podem abrir, fechar e mudar nomes de cursos. Com base nessa Lei, no ano 2000 de uma resolução do Consur/UFMA, foi criado o curso de Ciências Aquáticas.

A Coordenadora disse ainda que foram feitas diligências ao Conselho Regional de Engenharia e ao CREA, quando saiu a sugestão para a mudança do nome. A proposta de alteração do nome foi sugerida ainda pelo Ministério da Educação em diligência a UFMA em 2006. Segundo os avaliadores, o perfil curricular do curso é para Oceanografia. Os egressos de Ciências Aquáticas terão a opção de continuar com o diploma de bacharel ou mudar para Oceanografia, para isso eles terão que Convalidar os seus diplomas, esclareceu.

O Chefe do Departamento do Curso de Ciências Aquáticas, professor Marcos Valério, informou que para a mudança acontecer com êxito é necessário contar com o apoio da administração superior da UFMA, sobre tudo para suprir a carência de professores e melhorar a infra-estrutura de laboratórios e sala de aulas.

Outrossim, a mudança do curso se deu pela regulamentação da profissão de Oceanografia assinada pelo Presidente da República, Lei n° 11.760 de 31 de julho de 2008.

Atualmente, no Brasil existem menos de 60 profissões regulamentadas. O que existe é uma tábua de conversão que faz ajustes nas profissões que ainda não tem regulamentação, baseadas na Organização Internacional do Trabalho(O.I.T).

Lugar: ASCOM UFMA
Fonte: Cadu Pinheiro
Notícia alterada em: 30/09/2008 14h57