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Continuous plankton recorder survey (REPLACED BY MF0415) - MF0407

R&D Summary Objectives :- Monitor and analyse the incidence of specific plankton species and oceanographic parameters in the North Sea and Shelf area over an extented time frame. Key customer Purpose:- Provide details of Phytoplankton variation over an extended time frame in order to monitor responses to climate change and pollution.
Continuous Plankton Recorders will be towed along routes in the North Sea and the North Atlantic as far as shipping schedules and weather conditions permit. Tows will be made at monthly intervals, using ships of opportunity. The samples collected will be subjected to regular analysis and the data will be stored for later processing. Physical parameters such as temperature, conductivity, etc will be measured as far as possible. The tows will yield a plankton sample for each 10 nautical miles of tow. These samples will be analysed by counting and identifying both phytoplankton and zooplankton to species (as far as possible) or to higher taxonomic categories. The data produced by the analysis will be entered to a stored data base and subject to set processing procedures to produce the most commonly used forms and statistical summaries of the data.
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 1991

To: 1993

Cost: £748,435
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Sir Alistair Hardy Foundation for Ocean Science
Fields of Study
Marine Fisheries