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Research Areas & Challenges

The approach is to advance the sustainable marine science base for developing and implementing ocean observing and modelling systems with particular focus on identifying and resolving key regional processes driving phenomena as specified below:

Benguela Current System
– Benguela Niño’s
– Frontal zone processes and mesoscale variability
– Benguela upwelling, low oxygen and impact on ecosystem
– Ecosystem variability and fisheries
– Coastal trapped waves and poleward undercurrent

Agulhas Current System
– Sources and variability of the Agulhas Current system
– Dynamics in the retroflection region
– Inter-ocean exchanges (Indian Ocean, South Atlantic Ocean, Southern Ocean)

Southern Ocean
– Ecosystem variability and fisheries (e.g. Krill in the SO)
– Southern Ocean circulation, acidification and carbon export.