National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
La Jolla, California
Supporting Stations: RV/IB Nathaniel B. Palmer
Research Locations: Elephant Island
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries' Antarctic Marine Living Resources (AMLR) program supports the development of US policy regarding the conservation and management of marine living resources in the Southern Ocean. For the past 25 years, the AMLR field program has been conducted in the vicinity of Elephant Island, the South Shetland Islands, and the Antarctic Peninsula during the austral summer. This austral summer, researchers will participate on two cruises aboard the ARSV Laurence M. Gould (LMG) to continue testing newly developed US AMLR sampling techniques using autonomous technology. The broad-scale survey will be augmented to better understand the small-scale patterns of krill distribution in relation to circulation and to understand habitat use in enclosed bays.
Field Season Overview:
Field team members will deploy onboard NPB 13-09 in August. They will conduct a bio-acoustic, oceanographic and net-based krill survey in the vicinity of the Elephant Island to map meso-scale features of water mass structure, phytoplankton biomass and productivity, zooplankton and bacterioplankton composition, and the dispersion and population demography of krill during mid-winter.
Deploying Team Members:
Christian Reiss (Co-PI)
George Watters (PI)