The Master's Degree in Climate Change and Marine Sciences at the Atlantic Technical University in Mindelo, Cabo Verde is implemented in close collaboration with GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, Kiel University (CAU) and the Thünen Institute as well as the National Institute of the Sea (IMar) and the Ocean Science Centre Mindelo (OSCM) as partner institutions in Cabo Verde.
The curriculum of the Master's program includes multidisciplinary theoretical and practical modules as well as an expedition on a German research vessel between West Africa and Germany. The joint UNESCO Chair for "Integrated Marine Sciences" at Kiel University (CAU) and GEOMAR aims in particular at the education of West African students in the context of the Master's research program.
The master's program is part of the West African Science Service Centre on Climate Change and Adapted Landuse (WASCAL), a program funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) that includes eleven West African countries. WASCAL is a large-scale, research-driven, capacity-building Climate Service Centre designed to help meet the challenge of climate change by improving the resilience of human and ecological systems to climate change and increased variability. This will be made possible by strengthening research infrastructure and capacity in West Africa related to climate change and by pooling the expertise of eleven West African countries.