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Title: A CPR-Based Plankton Survey Using Ships of Opportunity to Monitor the GOA

Project Year and Number: 2002: 02624-BAA

Other Fiscal Years and Numbers for this Project: 2013: 10100624, 2012: 10100624, 2011: 10100624, 2010: 10100624, 2007: 070624, 2006: 040624, 2005: 040624, 2004: 040624, 2003: 030624

Principal Investigator (PI): Sonia Batten, Sir Alister Hardy Foundation for Ocean Science (SAHFOS)

Assisting Personnel: David Welch

Research Location: Prince William Sound, Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea

Restoration Category: Monitoring

Injured Resources Addressed: Not Specified

Abstract: This project presents the rationale for developing a plankton monitoring program for the Gulf of Alaska using ships of opportunity. Plankton are a critical link in the marine food chain whose dynamics are poorly understood, but respond rapidly and unambiguously to climate change and form the link between changes in the atmosphere and valuable upper trophic level populations, such as salmon, herring, shrimp, and groundfish. The proposal reviews the evidence that many of the most valuable marine resources in the Gulf of Alaska are strongly influenced by changes in ocean climate. Ships of opportunity are a cost effective platform for large scale monitoring and this project will build on recent experience gained with CPR (continuous plankton recorders) in the North Pacific to prepare for GEM.


Geographic Regions Gulf of Alaska
Species Microorganisims - Phytoplankton
Microorganisims - Zooplankton
Fields of Expertise Bio-Energetics
Management & Policy
Technological Methods Modeling
Professional Activity Field research and Data Collection
Ecosystems Marine – Pelagic
Species Specific Research Issues Microorganisims - Nutrient/Energy transfer

Proposal: View PDF (361 KB)

Funding Recommendations: View

Funding Detail For: 2002

Quarterly Project Tasks For: 2002

Annual Report: 2002: View (197 KB)

Final Report: See Project 1557

Publications from this Project: None Available

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Project Number Proposal Annual Reports Final Report Data
2013: 10100624 View (PDF) 2013: Due 09/01/2013
2012: Due 09/01/2012
2011: View (PDF)
2010: View (PDF)
In Review Prior to Publication - For More Information Please Contact Us No datasets
2007: 070624 View (PDF) 2007: View (PDF)
View No datasets
2006: 040624 View (PDF) 2006: View (PDF)
2005: Not Available
2004: View (PDF)
See Project 070624 See Project 070624
2003: 030624 View (PDF) 2003: Not Available
See Project 070624 See Project 070624