First GEOTRACES-China section cruise will sail in the western North Pacific Ocean

The first GEOTRACES-China section cruise along the GEOTRACES transect GP09 in the western North Pacific Ocean (wNP) will depart from Xiamen, China, on 25 April 2019 and will return port on 10 June 2019. On board the R/V “TAN KAH KEE” (Jia-Geng), there will be 33 Chinese researchers from Xiamen University, Second Institute of Oceanography (Ministry of Natural Resources), Ocean University of China and Peking University amongst others, as well as 3 researchers from GEOMAR (Germany), University of Western Ontario (Canada) and University of Maine (USA). The major objectives of the cruise are: (1) To investigate the horizontal and vertical distribution of trace elements and their isotopes (e.g., Fe, Cu, Ni, REEs, etc) in the wNP; (2) To identify the source/sink and internal cycle of trace elements/micro-nutrients in the wNP and their coupling with macro-nutrients; and (3) To examine the relation of trace element cycling in the wNP to the oceanic carbon cycle and global environmental and climatic change.

Cruise chief scientists: Yihua Cai and Kuanbo Zhou (Xiamen University)
GEOTRACES researchers: Zhimian Cao, Minhan Dai (Xiamen University) and Liping Zhou (Peking University)

Figure: Tentative KK1903 (GP09) cruise track