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AMT17 Cruise Report

Published: 2006   |  DOI: 10.17031/z046-g805

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AMT17 was the sixth and final cruise of the second phase of the AMT programme, with a focus on the subtropical gyres of both the northern and southern hemispheres. The cruise sailed from Glasgow in the UK to Port Elizabeth in South Africa, from 15 October 2005 to 28 November 2005.  The track extended south west of the Azores into the subtropical gyre, and was similar to that for AMT14.

The main objectives of AMT17 were to acquire a consistent set of core measurements for comparison with data from earlier cruises, and to carry out new experimental work on planktonic processes relevant both to the AMT objectives and to future work at sea as part of a new marine biogeochemical projects. The latter included oxygen isotope measurements to assess the trophic balance within surface waters, measurements of the turnover rates of organic substrates by bacteria, and nutrient addition experiments to identify limiting substrates for phytoplankton growth.

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Holligan, PM 2006 Atlantic Meridional Transect RRS Discovery 15 October – 28 November 2005 AMT 17 cruise report. PML Publishing, 93pp. doi:10.17031/z046-g805

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