The Brazilian Universidad del Vale do Itajaía (Univalí) is negotiating the possibility to set itself up in one of the research modules on a Chilean base in Antarctica, sources from that institution reported.
The researchers Jules Marcelo Rosa Soto will travel to Antarctica this Friday with this goal in mind and to get to know the facilities on the President Eduardo Frei Montalva Base first-hand.
The trip will include negotiations to allow researchers from the Univali to use a module on the aforementioned Chilean base, states a communiqué from the university, one of the most important in Brazil in terms of oceanographic and marine biology research.
Rosa Soto will also use the occasion to sign a cooperation agreement between the Univali Oceanographic Museum, one of the most important in the country, and the Georgino Bogatello Museum in the southern city of Punta Arenas.
While Brazil already has a base in Antarctica, the fact is that its capacity is less than that of the Chilean facility, in addition to the fact that movement and logistics depend exclusively on that country’s navy since it can only be accessed by ship.
In contrast, the existing infrastructure at the President Frei Montalva Base is more developed and even includes air supplies from helicopters that take off from the continent, with means greater flexibility in movements and logistical issues.
The Univali’s idea is to expand its oceanographic and polar research, in addition to the oceanographic expeditions that it undertakes to find marine organisms that are useful in the production of bio-fuels and other applications.
In addition to increasing the number of Brazilian researchers on the white continent, the potential agreement would also provide a stimulus to the Chilean scientific activities and research on water pollution that experts from the country are undertaking.