2017-2018 Science Planning Summaries
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2017-2018 USAP Field Season
Project Detail

Project Title

Palmer LTER site review

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Program Manager:
Dr. Jennifer Burns

ASC POC/Implementer:
Samina Ouda / Adam Jenkins

Principal Investigator

Dr. Hugh William Ducklow

Columbia University
Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory
Palisades, New York

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Supporting Stations: ARSV Laurence M. Gould, Palmer Station
Research Locations: LTER Grid Station / On station


The Palmer Long-Term Ecological Research (PAL LTER) mid-term site review brings together PAL LTER scientists, students and field assistants, NSF program directors, and outside peer reviewers to conduct an intensive, two-or-three-day study of the ongoing progress the project has achieved in its current award period. This assessment is used to help fine-tune plans for the remaining three years and to anticipate the renewal proposal schedule for 2020. The site review includes scientific presentations and group discussions over three days after the ARSV Laurence M. Gould (LMG) arrives at Palmer Station. Site review teams will meet field teams, tour labs and other station facilities, take part in whale observations and field trips to local water-column sampling sites, and visit penguin and giant petrel colonies. They will also make a day trip to a nearby LTER grid station aboard the LMG to view demonstrations of routine grid station operations (CTD/rosette casts and zooplankton net hauls).

Field Season Overview

Participants will sail on cruise LMG17-12 aboard the ARSV Laurence M. Gould (LMG) from Punta Arenas, Chile to Palmer Station. They will stay on station for three days during which they will make a half-day trip on the LMG to a nearby LTER Grid Station to observe routine LTER vessel operations. These demonstrations will include conductivity temperature depth (CTD) rosette casts, zooplankton net tows and possibly whale observations. On station, the site review team will participate in scientific presentations, group discussions, and, with Marine Technician support, they will conduct field trips on a variety of small boats to select LTER sampling stations. At the end of their stay, they will return to Punta Arenas on the LMG.

Deploying Team Members

  • Scott Doney (Co-PI)
  • Hugh Ducklow (PI)
  • Bill Fraser (Co-PI)
  • Ari Friedlaender (Co-PI)
  • Oscar Schofield (Co-PI)
  • Sharon Stammerjohn (Co-PI)
  • Deborah Steinberg (Co-PI)