S. A. Agulhas II SANAE 55 (GApr06)

Cruise summary report

Cruise Info. 
Ship name (ship code)S. A. Agulhas II (91AH)
Cruise identifierSANAE 55 (GApr06)
Cruise period2015-12-05 — 2016-02-11
Port of departureCape Town, South Africa
Port of returnCape Town, South Africa
ObjectivesThe overall aim of this cruise is to provide more reliable predictions of the response of the Southern Ocean carbon cycle to climate change through an improved understanding of its sensitivity to seasonal, subseasonal and mesoscale forcing scales. These cruises aim to achieve this by using a combination of ship based process studies, autonomous platforms (gliders, bio-optics, pCO2 wave rider), models and remote sensing analysis that focuses on the link between the physical forcing mechanisms and the biogeochemical responses over these relevant time and space scales. This combined high-resolution approach to both observations and modelling experiments will permit us, for the first time, to address some key questions relating to the physical nature of the Southern Ocean and its carbon cycle.
Chief scientistThato N Mtshali (Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Pretoria)
Cruise reportS. A. Agulhas II SANAE 55 (GApr06) cruise report saagulhasii_sanae55.pdf (4.77 MB) 
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralSouthern Ocean