After a hiatus of a year, Gobabeb once again hosted members of the public, colleagues from government and fellow scientists for a day of information sharing and some fun.
This year’s focus on climate and atmosphere was motivated by our desire to raise awareness and share knowledge on our changing climate, the implications for people and the need for good adaptation strategies.
As a First-Order Weather Station (FOWS), Gobabeb has been collecting daily weather data for the past fifty years, making it one of the longest-running synoptic records in the country. But little less than a decade ago we also decided to increase our efforts around the atmospheric and climatic sciences. Through strategic partnerships, collaborative projects and recently also a large collaborative science programme focused on fog, we have quietly collated one of the most impressive arrays of instruments designed to measure weather and atmosphere in the country.
Gobabeb is thus poised to play a leading role in the atmospheric and climatic sciences in Namibia and is continuing its efforts to increase the knowledge base and the pool of scientific experts in this field in Namibia. For this reason, we thought that “Understanding the Climate and Atmosphere through Technology” would be an ideal theme for a day on which we want to share not only our Vision and Mission with the world, but also showcase our own research in this field, as well as that of our partners.
Activities on the day were anchored around a series of scientific talks held in our Amabilis Hall, supported by a display of a large number of posters next door on even more projects. In addition, we had our normal focus on live animals, kiddies’ programme, a sports programme, good food, a coffee shop and entertainment provided by the young Marimba band from Walvis Bay’s Kuisebmond Secondary School.
Notwithstanding a devilish southerly wind that showered us with dust for most of the day, all participants seemed to have thoroughly enjoyed themselves. As in previous years, the series of scientific talks were very popular and well-attended. For more information on the talks themselves, click here.
We want to thank all the people that made the journey to Gobabeb for their support and hope that everybody will join us for our next open event, which is Information Day on Saturday 30 January 2016. On this day the participants in the Summer Drylands Programme (SDP) will give feedback on the results of their study, which will be conducted from November to January.