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Title: LTM Program –Monitoring of oceanographic conditions in PWS

Project Year and Number: 2017: 17120114-G

Other Fiscal Years and Numbers for this Project: None

Principal Investigator (PI): Rob Campbell

Assisting Personnel: None

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Injured Resources Addressed: Not Specified

Abstract: This project will continue physical and biological measurements that may be used to assess trends in the marine environment and bottom-up impacts on the marine ecosystems of Prince William Sound (PWS). Regular (~6 per year) vessel surveys of PWS will be conducted to maintain ongoing time series observations of physical (temperature, salinity, turbidity), biogeochemical (nitrate, phosphate, silicate, dissolved oxygen) and biological (chlorophyll-a concentration, zooplankton abundance and composition) parameters in several parts of PWS: in central PWS, at the entrances (Hinchinbrook Entrance and Montague Strait), and at four priority bays that were part of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council- (EVOSTC)-funded Sound Ecosystem Assessment (SEA) project in the 90’s and the ongoing Herring Research and Monitoring project.

Additionally, an autonomous profiling mooring will be deployed each year in central Prince William Sound to provide high frequency (~daily) depth-specific measurements of the surface layer that will be telemetered out in near real-time. The profiler will include measurements that complement the survey activities (temperature, salinity, oxygen, nitrate, chlorophyll-a, turbidity). An in-development in situ plankton camera will also enumerate zooplankton, large phytoplankton and other particles, with some taxonomic discrimination.

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Funding Detail For: 2017

Quarterly Project Tasks For: 2017

Annual Report: 2017: Due 09/01/2017

Final Report: Draft Final Report Due 4/15/18

Publications from this Project: None Available