Scientists from South Africa are interested in conducting joint research of Antarctica and the Southern Ocean together with our scientists, in particular, using the capabilities of the new Ukrainian research icebreaker.
This was discussed during the meeting of the First Deputy Minister of Education and Science of Ukraine Andriy Vitrenko with the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of South Africa Mr. Andre Johannes Groenewald.
NASC actively supports such an initiative, since the expansion of international cooperation in both science and logistics was one of the objectives of the icebreaker acquisition. Previously, Ukraine and South Africa did not cooperate in the field of polar research, although the Republic of South Africa is one of the first signatory countries to the Antarctic Treaty 1959 and so far, the only African state that has a developed national research program in Antarctica.
For example, the South African scientific station SANAE IV, located in East Antarctica, on Queen Maud Land, is designed for the simultaneous work of up to 80 scientists during the summer season and is an important laboratory for observing natural phenomena occurring in space, atmosphere and the Earth’s electromagnetic field, as well as in the Earth’s crust. The icebreaker S.A. Agulhas II built in 2012 and equipped with special deep-sea probes, an underwater observatory and a meteorological laboratory is used for the needs of the South African Antarctic expeditions.
Thus, the combination of the scientific and infrastructural potential of Ukraine and South Africa will provide new opportunities for the development of Antarctic research both at the level of the two countries and at the level of the world community.
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