(final cruise dates to be confirmed, with possible fluctuation of 1-2 weeks at start/end)
Partnership for Observation of the Global Ocean (POGO) announces a special Fellowship for on-board training on an oceanographic cruise in partnership with the Nippon Foundation and the British Antarctic Survey (BAS). One berth has been reserved on one of next season’s national capability cruises (operating between October 2019 and June 2020) for the selected candidate. The programme is designed to promote training and capacity building leading towards a global observation scheme for the oceans.
National Capability Cruise Opportunities
Polar Ocean Ecosystem Time Series – Western Core Box (POETS-WCB)
The POETS-WCB cruise (https://www.bas.ac.uk/project/poets-wcb/) commenced in 1996. It’s main deliverable is a consistent unique time-series of mesoscale distribution and abundance of macro-zooplankton and micronekton, and an understanding of the physical environment they are within at South Georgia, South Atlantic. These data are used to inform on the long term variability of Antarctic krill biomass at South Georgia and the influences from climate variability, fishing pressure and predation.
BAS also maintains moorings both on the South Georgia shelf and in the open ocean region of the Scotia Sea. The open ocean sustained observations in the area are carried out as part of the SCOOBIES (SCotia sea Open-Ocean BIological laboratoriES) programme, with a primary purpose to consider the flux of carbon to deep ocean layers as well as monitoring ocean chemistry parameters, particular in relation to ocean acidification. This moored instrumentation complements the WCB surveys by providing year round temporal sampling of environmental conditions and acoustic backscatter.
The cruise consists of acoustics surveys, CTDs, a variety of zooplankton nets (bongo, MOCNESS (Multiple Opening and Closing Net and Environmental Sampling System), RMT8 and 25 (Rectangular Midwater Trawl), underway logged data and mooring refurbishment and redeployment.
The programme receives funding through NERC’s British Antarctic Survey Antarctic Logistic Infrastructure and NERC national capability programmes. The POETS-WCB requests berths for up to 30 personnel for 19 days ship science time between 1st December and 31st January annually, not including transit. This includes technical support and data management. All sample collection has to be permitted. Cruise duration and exact cruise track is dependent on whether the cruise is on its own or part of a larger science cruise or logistic component.