New Deep-Sea Research Centre

…or Center depending on where you live.  Although in the US we feel the need to discard oceanography Portugal is a little more forward thinking.

Portugal’s Minister for Science and Universities, Mariano Gago, has announced plans to set up a cutting-edge research centre in the Azores Islands to study the deep Atlantic. Minister Gago unveiled the initiative on Saturday during the inauguration of new facilities for the Azores University’s Department of Oceanography and Fishing at Horta on Faial Island. “The potential of the (Atlantic) depths is so great that it justifies a specific programme of this nature”, Gago said. The future research centre, he added, would be “open and competitive” with a view to attracting international specialists and projects.