GEOTRACES Activities

The central component of GEOTRACES is a series of cruises spanning the global ocean (see map) and sampling the full water column. These dedicated GEOTRACES cruises will collect water without contamination and particles for analysis of a wide range of trace element and isotopes.  This strategy reflects the fact that more will be learned through simultaneous investigation of multiple elements than by studying single elements in isolation.

Process studies and modelling, together with comprehensive methods intercalibration and data management, complement the ocean section work that forms the core of the GEOTRACES programme.

You may view all GEOTRACES Meetings and Cruises.