RV Celtic Voyager CV19001
|Ship name (ship code)||RV Celtic Voyager (45CV)|
|Cruise period||2019-01-10 — 2019-01-22|
|Port of departure||Galway, Ireland|
|Port of return||Galway, Ireland|
|Objectives||The survey aims to fulfill Ireland's requirements under the Joint Assessment and Monitoring Programme (JAMP) of the 1992 'Oslo Paris Convention for the Protection of the North East Atlantic' (OSPAR). This requires the answering of 3 key questions:
1. What is the spatial distribution of nutrients?
2. Are nutrient concentrations changing over time (trends)?
3. Are nutrient concentrations significantly elevated (>50%) above salinity related and/or regionally specific background levels?
Question number 3 requires that we know what the 'background levels' are. This is why we would like to extend the scope of our sampling to include more samples in the North Channel. There are two planned transects across the North Channel. This will allow us to make an assessment of the nutrient inputs to the Irish Sea.
|Chief scientist||Garvan O'Donnell (Marine Institute Galway)|
|General||Irish Sea and St. George's Channel|
|Specific||North coast of Ireland|