Scientific campaigns of ARA Puerto Deseado & ARA Austral begin

October 19, 2018 (Google Translation) – Their premise is to contribute to the knowledge of our maritime coast, resources on the continental shelf and the effects of currents on platforms near our country.

Mar del Plata- Yesterday, the oceanographic vessels ARA Puerto Deseado and ARA Austral, belonging to the Hydrographic Shipments Association, set sail from the Mar del Plata Naval Base, starting two new scientific campaigns.

The one that will carry out the “Puerto Deseado” was called SAMOC (South Atlantic Meridional Overtuning Circulation) and is framed in the VOCES (Variability of Ocean Ecosystems Around South America) project, which is funded by the Inter-American Institute for the Study of Change Global (IAI).

The purpose of this project is to coordinate and strengthen the human and institutional resources in the South American countries, with the purpose of advancing the understanding of the joint effects of global change and climate variability in the oceanic, atmospheric and terrestrial ecosystems of the western Atlantic region. South.

A group of scientists and technicians headed by Lic. Marcela Charo of the Naval Hydrography Service are on board the ship’s crew. They represent different institutions such as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (USA), the National Institute of Fisheries Research and Development (INIDEP); the universities of San Pablo and Rio Grande in Brazil, and the universities of Buenos Aires and Mar del Plata.

During the two weeks of operations in international waters and in Brazilian jurisdictional waters, they will carry out various investigations in order to observe the southern transport of water bodies through the South Atlantic Ocean, by conducting studies on the circulation on the Continental Shelf and on the Falklands current.

On the other hand, the “Austral”, under the command of the Frigate Captain Juan Ignacio Squillacci, will carry out the GEO1-YTEC campaign belonging to the Marine Geology Working Group of Pampa Azul where the YPF TECNOLOGÍA Group (Y-TEC) participates in the area corresponding to the Malvinas Basin.

The Chief Scientist of the Campaign will be Dr. Damián Esteban, member of UBA-CONICET, who will be accompanied by 15 scientists from different Institutes (Naval Hydrography Service, YPF, YTEC, IADO and UBA-CONICET).

The campaign, which will last twenty days, will aim to carry out underwater geological cartography, separating sedimentary accumulation zones. Also, make detailed bathymetric maps of the ocean floor, obtain geochemical indicators of potential hirocarburiferous and gas reservoirs, and delimit areas with vulnerable ecosystems such as cold water corals.

Once the campaign is over, the unit will arrive at the port of Ushuaia where the change of scientific equipment will be made in the face of a new oceanographic campaign in the area of ​​the Burdwood Bank.

The effort provided by these units manned by personnel from the Argentine Navy and with scientific personnel from the Naval Hydrography Service and from the National Council of Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET), will contribute to deepening knowledge of our maritime coast and resources on the platform continental as well as the effects of currents in platforms bordering our country.