The UK research vessel Discovery will depart on November 9th from Falmouth to examine the off shelf transport of iron in the Celtic Sea. The cruise, led by Prof. Jonathan Sharples, will return to Southampton on December 3rd.
This is the first of three research cruises examining the off shelf transport of iron which are part of a large NERC funded Shelf Sea Biogeochemistry programme (http://www.nerc.ac.uk/research/funded/programmes/shelfsea/). The other two cruises will be held next year in spring (1-30 April 2015, chief scientist Dr. Richard Sanders) and summer (10 July – 2 August 2015, chief scientist Dr. Mark Moore).
The Shelf Sea Biogeochemistry research programme aims to reduce the uncertainty in our understanding of nutrient and carbon cycling within the shelf seas, and their role in global biogeochemical cycles.
Contact : Maeve Lohan, University of Plymouth, UK.