The objectives of the cruise remained similar to the first two transects, and included:

  • To improve our understanding of the relationship between physical processes and biological production
  • Identify, define and quantify latitudinal changes in biogeochemical provinces
  • Determine phytoplankton characteristics and photosynthetic parameters
  • Identify nutrient regimes and their role in biogeochemical cycles
  • Characterise plankton community structure, including the accurate determination of carbon values
  • Relate the partial pressure of carbon dioxide in surface waters with the biological production
  • Acquire data for the calibration of remotely sensed observations
  • Secondary validation of remotely sensed products
  • Interpret basin-scale remote sensing observations
  • Develop models that enable the interpretation of satellite imagery in terms of total water column properties




Aiken, Jim Plymouth Marine Laboratory, UK
Bale, Anthony Plymouth Marine Laboratory, UK
Barlow, Ray Sea Fisheries Research Institute, South Africa
Bowie, Andy University of Plymouth, UK
Donlon, Craig JRC, Italy
Gallienne, Chris Plymouth Marine Laboratory, UK
Griffiths, Colin Plymouth Marine Laboratory, UK
Hooker, Stan NASA Goddard Space Flight Centre, USA
Huskin, Ignacio Universidad de Oviedo, Spain
Law, Cliff Plymouth Marine Laboratory, UK
Marañón, Emilio Southampton Oceanography Centre, UK
Mino, Yoshihisa Institute for Hydrosperic-Atmospheric Sciences, Japan
Mourino, Beatriz Universidad de Vigo, Spain
Nightingale, Tim Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, UK
Suzuki, Koji Nagoya University, Japan
Terayama, Yasunori Saga University, Japan
Zubkov, Mike University of Southampton