Project aims to track the changes of the water circulation patterns, a mechanism that ultimately controls the climate of the planet
Sao Paulo - The circulation patterns of the waters of the South Atlantic may be suffering transformations that have the potential to interfere with the global climate.
In order to understand this phenomenon, an international group of scientists will install a series of monitoring devices along a line extending from South America to Africa.
This task will integrate the international project of the South Atlantic Meridional Circulation (Samoc, its acronym in English), will have an important role in Brazil: the whole western part of the instrumentation will be installed and operated by the researchers in a project funded by FAPESP and coordinated by Professor Edmo Campos, Institute of Oceanography (IO) at the University of São Paulo (USP).
The thematic project was approved in early December under the cooperation agreement FAPESP-Facepe-ANR, which provides for joint calls for proposals for research involving FAPESP, the Research Foundation of the State of Pernambuco (Facepe) and the National Research in France (ANR, the French acronym).
In addition to the coordination of Campos, the Brazilian side, the side project is coordinated by the French teacher Sabrina Speich, the European University Institute of the Sea, University of Western Brittany (France).
According to Campos, the project's goal is Samoc monitor the movement of the waters of South Atlantic end, since there are indications that its parameters are undergoing changes.
"These flow parameters are, ultimately, the mechanism that controls the climate. The aim of this international group is to monitor the South Atlantic to understand how it is behaving in this and possibly how to behave in the future with the changes that are being identified, "said Campos Agency FAPESP.