RV Nathaniel B. Palmer NBP1409 (GPpr08, PHANTASTIC)

Cruise summary report

Cruise Info. 
Ship name (ship code)RV Nathaniel B. Palmer (3206)
Cruise identifierNBP1409 (GPpr08, PHANTASTIC)
Cruise period2014-10-26 — 2014-11-26
Port of departurePunta Arenas, Chile
Port of returnPunta Arenas, Chile
ObjectivesThe PHANTASTIC program comprised two cruises in 2013-14 aiming to unravelling Phaeocystis antarctica adaptive responses in the Antarctic ecosystem. Both cruises were aboard the Research Vessel Nathaniel B.Palmer and complementary research projects focused on:
Bio-assay experiments of iron and light availability to phytoplankton
Phytoplankton pigments and elemental composition
Phytoplankton physiology
Phytoplankton taxonomy by FlowCAM
Trace Metals sampling and measurements in context of GEOTRACES
Genetics of Phaeocystis Antarctica
Small scale physical oceanography
Dimethylsulfide dynamics
Phytoplankton photoinhibition

Cruise NBP-14-09 aboard RV Nathaniel B. Palmer covered five transects from the Long Term Ecosystems Research (LTER) grid of West Antarctic Peninsula region near the Palmer Station. The LTER grid has been occupied every year since 1990, but previous sampling and measurements for trace metals have been done only occasionally. Rob Middag was onboard doing direct shipboard measurements of dissolved Fe as well as multiple sampling activities for samples to be analyzed afterwards in the home laboratory.
Chief scientistAnne-Carlijn Alderkamp (University of Stanford School of Earth Sciences Department of Geophysics)
ProjectGEOTRACES -Trace elements and their isotopes in the water column
Cruise reportRV Nathaniel B. Palmer NBP1409 (GPpr08, PHANTASTIC) cruise report nathanielbpalmer1409.pdf (1.90 MB) 
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralSouthern Ocean
SpecificWest Antarctic Peninsula
Track chartsRV Nathaniel B. Palmer NBP1409 (GPpr08, PHANTASTIC) cruise track — nathanielbpalmer1409trk.pdf (0.13 MB) 
Data held at BODC 
Discrete samples