The MedSeA oceanographic cruise along the Mediterranean Sea is an essential part of the European project “Mediterranean Sea Acidification in a changing climate – MEDSEA” (medsea-project.eu), within the FP7 Cooperation program. The European project MedSeA assesses uncertainties, risks and thresholds related to Mediterranean Sea acidification and warming, at organismal, ecosystem, and socio-economic impact scales. This is the first expedition studying at the basin scale the impact of elevated CO2 on the Mediterranean Sea biogeochemistry and target endemic organisms.
The research cruise has two legs from Cadiz to Heraklion and from Heraklion to Barcelona (May 2, 2013 – June 2 – 2013). The major campaign objective is to conduct a comprehensive water column sampling from each of the basins of the Mediterranean Sea. There will be sediment core sampling, plankton tows and aereosol collectors. Four bioArgo floats will also be deployed. The MedSeA campaign is also part of an international program GEOTRACES that aims to characterize and study the seawater dissolved elements.
The MedSeA oceanographic cruise is supported by the Spanish Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación (MICINN). The research vessel Ángeles Alvariño of the Instituto Español de Oceanografía (IEC) will be used.
Follow the MedSeA research cruise on the cruise blog.