RV Melville MV1101

Cruise plan

Cruise Info. 
Ship name (ship code)RV Melville (318M)
Cruise identifierMV1101
Cruise period2011-01-11 — 2011-02-16
Port of departurePunta Arenas, Chile
Port of returnCape Town, South Africa
ObjectivesScientists on the Great Belt Research Cruise conducted field work in the South Atlantic, carrying out the first systematic study of the Great Southern Coccolithophore Belt. The cruise studied the Great Belt between South America and Africa. Scientists are conducting this research in the Atlantic to understand more about the species of coccolithophores (a type of phytoplankton) that make up the Great Belt, factors that affect their abundance and distribution and the impacts of ocean acidification and climate change on coccolithophores.
Chief scientistWilliam M Balch (Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences)
NPRCRV Melville MV1101 NPRC melville_mv1101.pdf (0.34 MB) 
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralSouth Atlantic Ocean
Track chartsRV Melville MV1101 cruise track — melville_mv1101trk.pdf (0.03 MB)