The primary purpose of the scientific research is to teach oceanography and oceanographic sampling techniques to college undergraduate students. Each student must design a research project ashore and carry out that research project during the cruise. In addition, some data is collected for long-term research projects carried out by staff scientists at the Sea Education Association. These projects include studies of the abundance and distribution of plankton, floating tar and plastic, the biology of thermal fronts, the geology of carbonate banks and islands and the comparative ecology of shallow productive banks.
C251 was a passage from San Juan, Puerto Rico to St. Croix USVI with stops at Antigua, the Grenadines and Montserrat. Aspects of the southwestern North Atlantic and eastern Caribbean were recorded on C251 including currents, temperature, salinity, chlorophyll. During the six week voyage we collected samples or data at 50 discrete oceanographic stations and 43 surface stations.
Charles Lea (Sea Education Association)
North West Atlantic Ocean (limit 40W) Caribbean Sea