2013-2014 Science Planning Summaries
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Program Manager:

Event Number: B-006-N

ASC POC/Implementer:
Adam Jenkins

Dr. George Watters (Principal Investigator)

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
La Jolla, California

Supporting Stations:  RV/IB Nathaniel B. Palmer
Research Locations:  Elephant Island

Project Description:
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries' AMLR (Antarctic Marine Living Resources) program supports the development of U.S. policy regarding the conservation and management of the 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 winter, researchers will conduct a 27-day cruise to continue testing U.S. AMLR sampling protocols and procedures during the winter and in the sea ice. 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:

  • Anthony Cossio
  • Adrian Dahood-Fritz
  • Kimberly Dietrich
  • Ryan Driscoll
  • Alison Murray
  • Rachel Pound
  • Christian Reiss (Co-PI)
  • Kate Richerson
  • Jarrod Santora
  • Lars Thoresen
  • Jennifer Walsh
  • George Watters (PI)
  • Elliot Weiss

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