AEROSOL DEPOSITION AND OCEAN PLANKTON DYNAMICS
The research project ADEPT aims at studying the effect of atmospheric aerosol deposition on the dynamics of a marine LNLC (low nutrient low chlorophyll) system, namely the Mediterranean. To achieve its goal, ADEPT uses a multiscale and complementary approach. Relationships between atmospheric deposition and ocean nutrient and plankton dynamics are studied at a coastal scale and at the Mediterranean basin scale. Laboratory experiments focus to understand some of the underlying mechanisms (2012-2015).
PI. Francesc Peters (ICM-CSIC).
Read more at www.icm.csic.es/bio/adept/
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OCEANOGRAPHIC ANALYSIS AND MODELING OF THE MEDITERRANEAN SEA
The research project aims at integrating a biogeochemical model in a circulation model of the northwestern Mediterranean Sea, as well as the development of an ecological model of the marine plankton, based on the functional variability of the marine plankton and its adapting capability to diverse environmental and population conditions.
The ultimate goal is to obtain a physical/biogeochemical framework capable of covering various space scales and time scales ranging from seasonal up to decennial in order to investigate the impact of climatic scenarios.
The research project also aims at consolidating an observational system based on the CEAB multiparametric buoy, equipped with meteorological and oceanographic sensors for real time measurement and transmission to shore of the atmospheric and marine conditions.
The buoy was moored from the R/V García del Cid on the upper slope at the head of the Blanes canyon in the Catalan Sea. Automatic observations are complemented by a series of cruises on board a CEAB's boat to the station where the buoy is moored in order to collect discrete water samples.
The present procedure is being improved for the acquisition of water color data (chlorophyll, yellow substance, suspended particles) obtained by the MERIS sensor on board ESA’s ENVISAT satellite.
These data offer two levels of information: 1) real time high spacial resolution files for the western Mediterranean Sea (Levels 1 and 2); and 2) global low to medium spacial resolution (Level 3).
The data, together with other historical data also available, will constitute the project database with public access installed in the CEAB server.
Limited access will be granted to users in general and, under request, to those with justified scientific or educational interests.
A protocol for quality control of the data will be soon available. The protocol establishes the normal procedures within the observational system in order to provide the models with a sound observational base for their calibration and validation (2009-2011).
PI. Antonio Cruzado (CEAB-CSIC).
Read more at http://www2.ceab.csic.es/oceans
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SMOS (SOIL MOISTURE AND OCEAN SALINITY) VALIDATION IN THE MEDITERRANEAN SEA
Taking advantage of the observations provided by an oceanographic buoy moored in coastal waters of the Catalan Sea, continuous data of sea surface temperature and salinity, and profiles of current velocity and direction of the upper water layers will be compared to remote sensing observations from airborne campaigns and satellite.
Additionally, the meteorological conditions at the mooring site (wind velocity and direction, photosynthetic available radiation, temperature, and relative humidity) measured by the buoy instrumentation provide additional information of the sea surface conditions.
Underwater measurements performed at 25 and 50 m depth by two packs of sensors attached to the buoy (temperature, salinity, photosynthetic available radiation, dissolved oxygen, and fluorescence) will also contribute to understand remote observations of the sea surface (2009-2011).
PI. Nixon Bahamon (CEAB-CSIC)
Read more at http://www.smos-bec.icm.csic.es/
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SOUTHERN EUROPEAN SEAS: ASSESSING AND MODELLING ECOSYSTEM CHANGES
Two relevant goals of this project are:
- Implementation of a 1DV physical-biogeochemical model to simulate the conditions on the continental shelf in different locations of NW Mediterranean Sea.
- Statistical analysis of historical phytoplankton and nutrients data sets in order to identify potential signficant trends taking place at regional scales (2009-2011).
PI. Antonio Cruzado (CEAB-CSIC)
Read about this project at http://sesame-ip.eu/index.php
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