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University of Cape Town - Department of Oceanography
RW James Building, Ground Floor, Room 125
University of Cape Town
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As the only university department of its kind in sub-Saharan Africa, it is the major focus for teaching and research in physical oceanography, atmospheric science and ocean climatology in South Africa and elsewhere in Africa. The Department has Research groupings in sea-going observations, satellite marine remote sensing, coastal oceanography, numerical modelling, marine and coastal meteorology, and climate variability. Future research is expected to pave the way to the science underpinning operational oceanography. Active international associations are maintained by collaborative projects with the Netherlands, France, Germany, USA and the European Union. The Department maintains close contact with marine science activities in the governmental, private and academic sectors in South Africa and into Africa. The UCT Research Diving Unit (RDU) is housed within the Department and is fully equipped with a decompression chamber and compressor. Most scientific diving at UCT is carried out in conjunction with the RDU.