Contact persons: Professor Lars
Rydberg, phone: +46-31-773 28 56, and
Lecturer Ulf Cederlöf (Deputy
head of department), phone: +46-31-773 28 75
Research at the department connected to South Asia
department has a long history of cooperation with universities in developing
countries in different parts of the world like Asia, Africa and South
Lars Rydberg has devoted some of his research
to Water exchange in tropical lagoons, and tidal circulation in the
Indian Ocean. In 1996 he and L Wickbom published the article Studies
of tidal choking and bed friction in Negombo lagoon, Sri Lanka,
in Estuaries; and in 1998 he published an article together with Ulf Cederlöf
and H B Jayasiri,
on The Mundel Lake
estuarine system, Sri Lanka; possible measures to avoid extreme salinity
and sea level variations, in Ambio.
Lars Rydberg is also engaged
in education and coastal research for MSc/PhD students from a number
of developing countries, amongst them Sri Lanka. In the 1990s he was
very much involved in setting up a Masters programme
in Oceanography at the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. In September
2005 Prof. Rydberg got a project grant from Göteborg University
to improve this collaboration project.
Ulf Cederlöf has done
research on Oceanographic coastal processes in tropical regions.
Education programmes in collaboration with Sri Lanka
An education program for students from developing countries
leading to a MSc degree in physical oceanography was established at the
department in 1992. The basic concept comprised a 2.5 year course with
intensive lecturing in Gothenburg for a period of 13 weeks per year. In
between, field work and thesis writing was carried out by the participants
at their mother institutions (a prerequisite was that the students were
employed at a local university or at a marine institute back home).
Courses were started in 1992, 1995 and 1998, recruiting students from
Tanzania, Kenya, Sri Lanka and Mocambique.
In 1995, a separate PhD program was launched. Four students
from the first MSc group were accepted for PhD studies. This program comprised
registration and examination at the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
(UDS) and at the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka (UP), respectively.
Coursework and supervising was still handled from Gothenburg. This MSc
program is however no longer running.