Southern Ocean Large Area Carbon Extent

The Voyage

The aim of the voyage is to develop an approach to quantify the changing effectiveness of CO2 sequestration by the biological pump that can be implemented using remote-sensing of the ocean surface by satellites and it’s interior by autonomous vehicles (especially BIO-ARGO profiling floats).

Flow chart illustrating how plankton community structure affects the properties of sinking organic particles and ultimately the strength and efficiency of the biological carbon pump.