RV Pelagia PE344

Cruise plan

Cruise Info. 
Ship name (ship code)RV Pelagia (64PE)
Cruise identifierPE344
Cruise period2011-09-01 — 2011-09-25
Port of departureHet Horntje, Netherlands
Port of returnHet Horntje, Netherlands
ObjectivesPrevious data sets show that pH in the North Sea is highly variable and dynamic and that the region is acidifying faster than global ocean models have predicted. It is therefore essential that additional data are gathered to further elucidate whether acidification of the North Sea is indeed occurring at a high rate. In order to achieve this, the following detailed investigations are necessary (1) the spatial and temporal patterns of pH in the North Sea at a basin-wide scale using high quality methodologies adopted by the international CO2 research community; (2) the biogeochemical mechanisms governing the pH in North Sea waters, particularly the balance between production and respiration, inputs and generation of alkalinity and the role of sediments.
Chief scientistElizabeth Jones (Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research)
NPRCRV Pelagia PE344 NPRC pelagia_pe344.pdf (0.08 MB) 
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralNorth Sea