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The Atlantic Meridional Transect: overview and synthesis of data

The Atlantic Meridional Transect: overview and synthesis of data
The Atlantic Meridional Transect: overview and synthesis of data
The Atlantic Meridional Transect programme uses the twice-annual passage of the RRS James Clark Ross between the UK and the Falkland Islands, before and after the Antarctic research programme in the Austral Summer (see Aiken, J., & Bale, A. J. (2000). An introduction to the Atlantic Meridional Transect (AMT) Programme. Progress in Oceanography, this issue). This paper examines the scientific rationale for a spatially-extensive time and space series programme and reviews the relevant physical and biological oceanography of the Atlantic Ocean. The main scientific observations from the research programme are reported. These are set in the context of historical and contemporary observations pertinent to the principal objectives of the cruise, notably the satellite remotely sensed observations of ocean properties. The extent to which the programme goals have been realised by the research to date is assessed and discussed. New bio-optical signatures, which can be related to productivity parameters, have been derived. These can be used to interpret remotely sensed observations of ocean colour in terms of productivity and production processes such as the air/sea exchange of biogenic gases, which relate to the issues of climate change and the sustainability of marine ecosystems.
AMT, RESEARCH PROGRAMMES, ATLANTIC MERIDIONAL TRANSECT, ATLANTIC OCEAN, CTD OBSERVATIONS, OCEANOGRAPHIC DATA, OPTICAL PROPERTIES, REMOTE SENSING, SEAWIFS, PIGMENTS, PRIMARY PRODUCTION
0079-6611
257-312
Aiken, J.
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Rees, N.
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Hooker, S.
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Holligan, P.
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Bale, A.
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Robins, D.
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Moore, G.
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Harris, R.
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Pilgrim, D.
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Aiken, J.
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Rees, N.
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Hooker, S.
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Holligan, P.
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Bale, A.
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Robins, D.
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Moore, G.
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Harris, R.
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Pilgrim, D.
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Aiken, J., Rees, N., Hooker, S., Holligan, P., Bale, A., Robins, D., Moore, G., Harris, R. and Pilgrim, D. (2000) The Atlantic Meridional Transect: overview and synthesis of data. Progress in Oceanography, 45 (3/4), 257-312. (doi:10.1016/S0079-6611(00)00005-7).

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Abstract

The Atlantic Meridional Transect programme uses the twice-annual passage of the RRS James Clark Ross between the UK and the Falkland Islands, before and after the Antarctic research programme in the Austral Summer (see Aiken, J., & Bale, A. J. (2000). An introduction to the Atlantic Meridional Transect (AMT) Programme. Progress in Oceanography, this issue). This paper examines the scientific rationale for a spatially-extensive time and space series programme and reviews the relevant physical and biological oceanography of the Atlantic Ocean. The main scientific observations from the research programme are reported. These are set in the context of historical and contemporary observations pertinent to the principal objectives of the cruise, notably the satellite remotely sensed observations of ocean properties. The extent to which the programme goals have been realised by the research to date is assessed and discussed. New bio-optical signatures, which can be related to productivity parameters, have been derived. These can be used to interpret remotely sensed observations of ocean colour in terms of productivity and production processes such as the air/sea exchange of biogenic gases, which relate to the issues of climate change and the sustainability of marine ecosystems.

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Published date: 2000
Keywords: AMT, RESEARCH PROGRAMMES, ATLANTIC MERIDIONAL TRANSECT, ATLANTIC OCEAN, CTD OBSERVATIONS, OCEANOGRAPHIC DATA, OPTICAL PROPERTIES, REMOTE SENSING, SEAWIFS, PIGMENTS, PRIMARY PRODUCTION

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Local EPrints ID: 8714
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/8714
ISSN: 0079-6611
PURE UUID: 80f8fdb4-f619-4fbd-84c4-d1aff05cdc53

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Date deposited: 25 Aug 2004
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 17:12

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