A joint programme of research has begun in the North Sea. Fifty research institutes and?
A joint programme of research has begun in the North Sea. Fifty research institutes and laboratories in Britain, Belgium, West Germany, the Netherlands and Sweden are taking part in the project which has been dubbed Jonsdap 73.
The programme, which began on 10th September, is aimed at providing information that could be useful in preventing pollution. The information could also help fish conservation, ensure that super-tankers do not go aground, and may even lead to mineral discoveries.
The information is being collected by current meters, offshore tide gauges, and automatic buoys which can record both currents and tides.
Each research institute has its own particular interest. The Belgians and Dutch are particularly interested in pollution studies involving the measurement of turbidity, salinity, temperature and the pattern of trace metals.
The Dutch navy escort ship, Onversaagd was filmed thirty miles (48 Kms) off Ijmuiden, on the Netherlands coast, where scientists were taking water samples.
One of the British organisations taking part, the Institute of Oceanographic Sciences, wants to find out more about storm surges, particularly with a view to the development of the Thames flood control barrier.
SYNOPSIS: The Dutch naval escort ship, Onversaagd, is one of several ships taking part in a joint research programme in the North Sea. The programme, which has been dubbed Jonsdap 73, began two weeks ago.
Britain, Belgium, West Germany, Sweden and the Netherlands are working together on the project which is aimed at providing information to prevent ocean pollution.
Scientists are collecting some of their information from water samples. Current metres and tide gauges have also been laid.
The Belgians and the Dutch scientists are particularly interested in pollution studies involving the measurement of turbidity, salinity, temperature and the pattern of trace metals.
The information from the project may also help fish conservation and could lead to mineral discoveries.
Jonsdap 73 is the first joint attempt at gathering information on the North Sea.
Each of the fifty institutes which are involved have their own particular interest. The British Institute of Oceanographic Studies is anxious to find out more about storm surges with a view to improving flood control for the River Thames.