BIO Hesperides FICARAM15 Leg1

Cruise summary report

Cruise Info. 
Ship name (ship code)BIO Hesperides (29HE)
Cruise identifierFICARAM15 Leg1
Cruise period2013-03-20 — 2013-05-22
Port of departurePunta Arenas, Chile
Port of returnRecife, Brazil
ObjectivesThe objective of the FICARAM-15 cruise was to investigate the temporal evolution of the anthropogenic carbon and evaluate the CO2 absorption capacity of the South Atlantic region, the Equatorial zone, and the subtropical region of Azores-Gibraltar in the North Atlantic. This cruise was supported by the CATARINA project funded by the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (CTM2010-17141) and is part of the European Union FP7 project CARBOCHANGE. The objective of FICARAM-15 cruise was framed in the CATARINA project conducted by the tasks
I.2.1 (air-sea CO2 exchange)
I.3 (ventilation of water masses)
I.4.1 (zonal variability of N2O and CH4)
I.4.2 (anthropogenic carbon storage)
I.4.4 (saturation horizon of calcium carbonate along the section)
I.5.4 (evolution of the acidification rates)

Another component of the FICARAM-15 cruise aims to examine the biological and biogeochemical mechanisms that hinder total dissolved organic carbon (DOC) remineralisation in marine systems, taking a multidisciplinary perspective and applying many different approaches. This is the global objective of the Spanish project DOREMI that joined this cruise.

The CO2 and ancillary bottle data were sent to the Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center (CDIAC) to be included in the GLODAPv2. The data will also be sent to the US National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC).
Chief scientistAida Fernandez Rios (Institute of Marine Research, Vigo)
ProjectCArbon Transport and Acidification Rates In the North Atlantic (CATARINA)
Cruise reportBIO Hesperides FICARAM15 Leg1 cruise report hesperides_ficaram15.pdf (3.14 MB) 
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralSouth East Atlantic Ocean (limit 20W)
SpecificSouth American continetal shelf
Track chartsBIO Hesperides FICARAM15 Leg1 cruise track — hesperides_ficaram15trk.pdf (0.12 MB)