Reposted from the University of Haifa newsletter.
The University of Haifa and Texas A&M University recently announced joint plans to establish a major Mediterranean observatory to study oceanography and the atmosphere. The planned observatory will be called
the Texas A&M – University of Haifa Eastern Mediterranean Observatory (THEMO). The observatory will be located at the University of Haifa with its access to critical Mediterranean coastal regions, while drawing on instrumentation and analytical expertise of Texas A&M University faculty and their similar research initiatives in the Gulf of Mexico. While separated geographically by half a world, the Gulf of Mexico and the Mediterranean Sea are viewed as similar bodies of water and thus provide unique opportunities for comparative analysis of their related impacts on the environment, industry and people of their regions. The observatory will receive and transmit data from two moorings in the Levant Basin of
the eastern Mediterranean Sea. “This collaboration will promote our marine research at the University of Haifa significantly and it is another step in our vast investment in marine science. Only a few months ago we inaugurated our new labs for research of shallow waters, and now we will be able to deepen our vision into the deep ocean,” said Prof. David Faraggi, the Rector of the University. This has received widespread media attention both in Israel and abroad: Haaretz in English, Times of Israel, jta.org.