2020-2021 Science Planning Summaries
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2020-2021 USAP Field Season
Project Detail

Project Title

US Antarctic Marine Living Resources Program (AMLR)

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B-006-L Research Location(s): ARSV Laurence M Gould, Livingston Island


Event Number:
NSF / NOAA Agreement

Program Manager:

ASC POC/Implementer:
David Rivera / Cara Ferrier

Principal Investigator(s)

Dr. George Watters
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
La Jolla, California


Supporting Stations: ARSV Laurence M. Gould
Research Locations: ARSV Laurence M Gould, Livingston Island


The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries' Antarctic Marine Living Resources (AMLR) program collects data and provides scientific information to better inform decision making by the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Living Marine Resources. For the past 25 austral summers, the AMLR field program has been conducted in the vicinity of Elephant Island, the South Shetland Islands, and the Antarctic Peninsula. This year, researchers will collaborate with the Palmer Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) program to collect data using moored and autonomous platforms.

Field Season Overview

A four person NOAA field team (X-591-L) deploying to Cape Shirreff field camp on Livingston Island will additionally assist USAP personnel to deploy up to seven subsurface moorings. Time on station for each mooring operation is expected to be approximately two to three hours. Subsurface floats will be connected to a terminal top-side assembly which will be outfitted with an acoustic package consisting of an upward-facing sonar, a conductivity temperatur depth (CTD), and an acoustic doppler current profiler (ADCP). This array will reside at 350 meters or within 20 meters of the bottom if the water depth is less than 350 meters.

Deploying Team Members

  • Anthony Cossio
  • George Cutter
  • Christian Reiss