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GEOTRACES WORKING GROUP 11-12 September 2007 ATLANTIC OCEAN TROPICAL-SUBTROPICAL REGION Chair Bill Landing Raporteur Eric Achterberg Group members: Bill Jenkins Peter Croot Peter Sedwick Simon Ussher Walter Geibert Armando Ramirez Pere Masque Tom Church Jana Friedrich. Overall plan

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Geotraces working group 11 12 september 2007 atlantic ocean tropical subtropical region

GEOTRACES WORKING GROUP 11-12 September 2007

ATLANTIC OCEAN TROPICAL-SUBTROPICAL REGION

Chair Bill Landing

Raporteur Eric Achterberg

Group members:

Bill Jenkins

Peter Croot

Peter Sedwick

Simon Ussher

Walter Geibert

Armando Ramirez

Pere Masque

Tom Church

Jana Friedrich


Geotraces working group 11 12 september 2007 atlantic ocean tropical subtropical region

Overall plan

We propose to undertake 2 transects:

Transect one will form part of a dust/Fe plume study cruise (possibly TEI-microbial)

Transect two will be part of a western boundary cruise

Stations are proposed at 2 degrees intervals. Not all stations will be full depth (1800 m).

We will undertake high resolution shallow casts and lower resolution deep casts to characterize deep water masses.


Geotraces working group 11 12 september 2007 atlantic ocean tropical subtropical region

  • Important research goals are:

  • Link atmospheric TEI concentrations to dissolved and particulate TEI concentrations in the region under the Saharan dust plume.

  • Investigate the mechanisms for the maintenance of the tropical Fe plume, and Fe transport into and out of the plume. Is in-situ generation or lateral advection the most important process?

  • Investigate control of ocean productivity by TEIs

  • Characterise chemistry of N Atlantic deep water complex, and observe Antarctic Bottom Water


Geotraces working group 11 12 september 2007 atlantic ocean tropical subtropical region

Considerations

Cruise track 1

-The dust cruise should take place in a period of year with enhanced atmospheric dust concentrations.

-We envisage the deployments of LIDAR on the cruises for ship-board aerosol observations.

-UK GEOTRACES proposal will have to be hypothesis driven, with consideration for linking micronutrient distributions and supply-removal to microbial processes and distributions. Consequently such a programme will consider a north-south transect.

Cruise track 2

-We will undertake a cross transect in the western basin to characterize deep water masses.

-It is envisaged that stations will be occupied in the Amazone river plume and in the Cariaco Basin region (to study isolated suboxic basin system).

-Seamounts will be included in the cruise track to study the impact of the nephloid layer on water column TEI concentrations and undertake proxy studies.

-Stations over hydrothermal vents on the mid-Atlantic ridge will be included to investigate dissolved and particulate TEI signatures


Geotraces working group 11 12 september 2007 atlantic ocean tropical subtropical region

Links to other Transect

-Germans run north-south cruises on 23ºW. Peter Croot is contact person.

-Low oxygen studies (1 funded and 1 under review) Peter Croot is contact person.

-Extended W transect out of Cape Cod, via Bermuda to Barbados will form ideal link-up transect for our region.

-Cruise transect into the Angolan Basin will form ideal link-up for our region.

-We will attempt to re-occupy TTO and GEOSECS stations

-We envisage that the influence of the Romanche Fracture zone on deep waters will be investigated in other group proposals (Angolan Basin work).


Geotraces working group 11 12 september 2007 atlantic ocean tropical subtropical region

GEOSECS sections


Geotraces working group 11 12 september 2007 atlantic ocean tropical subtropical region

TTO sections


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