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Continuous plankton recorder survey of the North West European Shelf and North East Atlantic - MF0419
Monitor and analyse the incidence of specific plankton
species and oceanographic parameters in the North Sea and
Shelf areas over an extended time frame.
Key Customer Purposes:-
Provide details of phytoplankton variation over an extended
time frame in order to monitor responses to climate change
1. Maintenance and extension of the existing long-term
Continuous Plankton Survey in the NW European Shelf Seas and
the North Atlantic Basin.
2. Addition of environmental sensors, flow meters, new
sampling systems and other appropriate devices to the basic
CPR monitoring system.
3. Description of the long-term temporal and spatial changes
in the abundance and population structure of mesoplankton
in the upper mixed layer.
4. Conversion of CPR abundance values to biomass taking into
account of (a) volume sampled, (b) regional differences and
(c) seasonal variability.
5. Preparation of an updated plankton atlas of the North
Atlantic, including "dynamic" representations of seasonal
changes of the commoner taxa.
6. Comparison of trends and patterns in plankton populations
with hydrographic, climatic and antropogenic events and
influences so as to provide a better understanding of the
nature and causes of long-term variability in the upper
7. Correlation of the changes in plankton populations and
abundance with the variability in recruitment of exploited
8. Application of the CPR data to investigations on the
effects of pollution and enhanced inorganic loadings on
9. Extraction of further information from existing CPR
database on aspects of particular and current interest.
10. Co-ordination with targeted research programmes by
providing greater spatial and temporal resolution of data
Time-Scale and Cost
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Sir Alistair Hardy Foundation for Ocean Science
Fields of Study