2018-2019 Science Planning Summaries
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2018-2019 USAP Field Season
Project Detail

Project Title

Resolving CO2 system seasonality in the West Antarctic Peninsula with autonomous observations

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Program Manager:
Dr. Peter Milne

ASC POC/Implementer:
David Rivera / Bruce Felix

Principal Investigator(s)

Dr. Elizabeth Henderson Shadwick
College of William and Mary
Gloucester Point, Virginia


Supporting Stations: ARSV Laurence M. Gould
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The circumpolar Southern Ocean connects the major ocean basins. It returns carbon and nutrients to the surface ocean and transports heat and carbon to the ocean interior. Understanding the Southern Ocean response to both natural and human changes is critical to understanding changing global biogeochemical cycles. However, major uncertainties persist in our knowledge of the Southern Ocean carbon budget due in part to unresolved variability at the seasonal scale, and in part to a significant lack of observations in coastal regions. The goal of this project is to increase understanding of coastal Southern Ocean carbon dioxide system variability by delivering new autonomous observations that will allow the full carbon dioxide system seasonality to be resolved. Using a moored observing system to measure pH, carbon dioxide partial pressure, temperature, salinity, and dissolved oxygen on the West Antarctic Peninsula continental shelf, the researchers will characterize diurnal and seasonal variability and identify the dominant physical and biological controls on the seasonal variations in the carbon dioxide system and the net annual air-sea exchange.

Field Season Overview

One technician will require travel and accommodations in Punta Arenas to set up instrumentation which will be mounted on a single LTER mooring at the M4 site. The participant will not be deploying, and should be leaving prior to cruise departure. ASC will support COMSUR cargo, but COMAIR cargo will be the responsibility of the participant.