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13 to 15th May 2019

USP - Oceanographic Institute 

Field Trip

The field trip will take place on May 16th. The bus will be leaving from the Oceanographic Institute (Praça do Oceanográfico, 191 - Butantã) at 8:30am

Please , bring your own lunch and snacks

The one-day field trip is a visit to the Santos estuarine complex, around 70 km from São Paulo city. The Santos estuarine complex is located in the central portion of São Paulo State’s coast (SE Brazil) and consists of three main estuarine channels: Santos (harbor); São Vicente and Bertioga channels. Adjacent to the largest industrial complex in Brazil, Santos harbor is the largest in Latin America and its activities account for the movement of almost one-third of Brazilian trade. The harbor is located in the Santos estuary, an urbanized area with more than 1.5 million inhabitants. In order to keep its navigation depth, the Santos channel is dredged to about 15 m, starting in the Santos bay up to about 6 km up estuary. The São Vicente and Bertioga channels present depths of about 5 m.

The benthic foraminifera communities of the estuarine complex present different characteristics. Assemblages located in the Santos Bay and Santos channel exhibit higher density, richness, and diversity values compared to the upper estuary regions. Ammonia is the most dominant genus in the system, mainly in the upper estuary. In the Santos Bay and Santos Channel, Pararotalia cananeiaensis, Pseudononion japonicum and Elphidium spp. are also observed.

During the field trip, we will navigate through part of the estuarine channels and adjacent coastal waters, discussing some aspects of the evolution and dynamics of such an urbanized estuarine environment.

         Cost of bus and boat are included in the workshop fee

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