2012-2013 Science Planning Summaries
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COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH: Penguin foraging reveals phytoplankton spatial structure in the Ross Sea

Program Manager:
Dr. Diana Nemergut


ASC POC/Implementer:
Addie Coyac / Jessica Jenkins

Dr. David Ainley (Principal Investigator)
http://www.penguinscience.comExternal Non U.S. Government Site

H.T. Harvey & Associates
Los Gatos, California

Supporting Stations:  McMurdo Station
Research Locations:  Lewis Bay, Ross Sea

Project Description:

Field Season Overview:
Researchers will use an autonomous glider, satellite imagery of chlorophyll blooms, and 3-dimensional penguin tracking. They hope to deploy the glider near Lewis Bay, but that will depend on sea ice conditions. The deployment will occur between 10-28 Nov, and recovery will be in February. Project personnel will not remain on site between those periods.The recovery of the glider can only be accomplished from a large vessel such as the Nathaniel B Palmer (NBP) which will be in the area early February. No other recovery operation will be attempted as McMurdo Station does not have the resources to support either sea ice edge recovery or land recovery. A CTD will be cast at the recovery site from the NBP and water will be recovered. The data from that CTD will be put on DVD and given to the scientist on station. The scientist on station will prepare the glider for return shipment to the US.

Deploying Team Members:

  • David Ainley (PI)
  • Vernon Asper (Co-PI)
  • Randolph Jones
  • Walker Smith (Co-PI)
  • Arvind Varsani

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