Southern Ocean GasEx Blog

Dispatches from the Southern Ocean Gas Exchange Experiment

Step Right Up!

Posted by sogasex on February 27, 2008

By Christopher Sabine, NOAA/PMEL

As part of an outreach effort for this project we have been working with the American Corners group of the US Embassy in Chile to explain our project to the people of Chile. Carlos Del Castillo participated in a radio interview on Thursday, 21 February that was conducted at the Embassy in Santiago and broadcast to 106 radio stations around the country. Carlos and I gave a presentation on the SO GasEx study to a group of scientists at the Chilean Navy’s Hydrographic and Oceanography Service (SHOA) in Valparaiso on Friday, 22 February.

This morning Paula Bontempi, Carlos and I held a press conference at 9am in Punta Arenas and gave a tour of the ship to local grade school and high students, teachers, scientists, and press people. In total there were about 35 people on the tour. There were many great questions and we were pleased to have the local people so interested in our work. We also greatly appreciate the Muelle Arturo Prat officials and our local shipping agent, AGUNSA, for accommodating these events. Tomorrow Carlos and I will give another scientific presentation of the SO GasEx study at the headquarters of Chile’s Antarctic Institute (INACH) in Punta Arenas.

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Press conference in Punta Arenas, Chile

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TV Interviews in front of the ship

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Explaining gas exchange to the local people

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