The Shelf Sea Biogeochemistry programme comprises a major marine cruise campaign which spans from 2014 to 2015 (see Figure 1).
The campaign will consist of 7 core cruises to the marine shelf (and shelf-edge) of the Celtic Sea on board the Natural Environment Research Council’s (NERC) newly-built research ship, RRS Discovery. These cruises will focus on the physics and biogeochemistry of the benthic and pelagic zones of the water column during the course of a phytoplankton bloom. Long-term mooring and glider deployments in the area will be serviced by additional cruises on board the RRS Discovery and RRS James Cook. Core cruises will be supplemented by partner cruises led by the Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science (CEFAS), Irish Marine Institute (MI), Marine Scotland, Bangor University and Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI), spanning the shelf seas and shelf-edges around United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland.
Activities will include coring, Conductivity Temperature and Depth (CTD) deployments, Acoustic Doppler Current Profilers (ADCP) surveys, moorings and wire-walker deployments, benthic lander observatories, autonomous gliders and submersible surveys, Marine Snow Catcher particulate matter analysis, plankton net hauls, in-situ sediment flume investigations and laboratory incubations with core and sea water samples.