NE Chukchi Sea Moored Ecosystem Observatory

Project Description

A multi-institutional, multi-investigator partnership operates and maintains a subsurface moored observatory on the NE Chukchi shelf near 71.6N, 161.5W. The first deployment occurred in September 2014 and the mooring will be redeployed annually through at least 2018. The instruments record with high temporal resolution throughout the year, including the under-sampled and poorly understood seasons when sea ice typically inhibits ship-based sampling. Measurements include ice, ocean physics, nutrient and carbonate chemistry, particulate matter, phytoplankton, zooplankton, fisheries, and marine mammal datasets, thereby providing multifaceted views into the intertrophic covariability of the Chukchi shelf ecosystem. This project is supported by a multi-institutional consortium that includes the Alaska Ocean Observing System, North Pacific Research Board, Olgoonik-Fairweather, Université Laval, University of Alaska Fairbanks, and University of Washington.

Project Funding

Multiple funding sources
Amount: $2,000,000
Start Date: 2014-06-00
End Date: 2020-07-00

 

 

 

 

Reeling in the subsurface moored observatory

Bringing the subsurface moored observatory aboard the ship

Research Team

Seth Danielson

Seth Danielson

Principal Investigator

Associate Professor

Specialties:

  • Continental shelf circulation processes
  • Data processing and analysis
  • Atmosphere-ocean interactions

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Russell Hopcroft

Russell Hopcroft

Principal Investigator

Chair, Department of Oceanography; Professor

Specialties:

  • trophodynamics
  • midwater ecology
  • zooplankton
  • Arctic and subarctic ecosystems

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Andrew McDonnell

Andrew McDonnell

Principal Investigator

Associate Professor

Specialties:

  • Ocean Biogeochemical Cycles
  • Marine Particle Dynamics
  • Ocean Acidification
  • Oceanographic Optics
  • Alaska's Blue Economy

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Peter Winsor

Peter Winsor

Principal Investigator

Associate Professor

Specialties:

  • Alaska Ocean Observing System
  • Physical Oceanography

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Co-Principal Investigators

Claudine Hauri
Chemical Oceanography
University of Alaska Fairbanks

Catherine Lalande
Marine Biogeochemistry
Université Laval

Kate Stafford
Marine Mammal Acoustics
University of Washington