Ocean acidification research cruise opportunities in 2011 and 2012

Below is a brief description of three ocean acidification cruises that will be run as part of the UK programme on ocean acidification. We are keen to consider requests from international scientists to participate, although berths will be limited. Participating scientists will be able to benefit from the wide range of observational measurements which we will be making anyway, and by taking samples from our bioassay experiments. Spare berths will be allocated based on the interest of the proposed science and how well it fits in with what we are already planning.

CRUISE 1: June-July 2011, around the UK & Ireland incl. North Sea, Skagerrak, English Channel, Celtic and Irish Seas, NE Atlantic and the Bay of Biscay.
CRUISE 2: July-Aug 2012, Arctic Ocean incl. Greenland, Iceland & Barents Seas, Fram Strait and vicinity of Svalbard.
CRUISE 3: Jan-Feb 2012, Southern Ocean incl. across Drake Passage, Scotia Sea, Weddell Sea ice-edge, NW of South Georgia.

Observational measurements of various environmental and response variables will be made on all three cruises, including carbonate chemistry, nutrients, light, etc and biological and biogeochemical properties and rates. Bioassay experiments will be conducted at a range of different CO2 levels, in a customised laboratory container allowing temperature and light climates to be controlled. Three separate types of bioassay will be conducted in parallel, for bacteria, phytoplankton and zooplankton.

For more information, please contact Toby Tyrrell (Toby.Tyrrell (at) soton.ac.uk).

Best Regards,

Toby Tyrrell & Eric Achterberg

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