RV Belgica 2003-12

Cruise plan

Cruise Info. 
Ship name (ship code)RV Belgica (11BE)
Cruise identifier2003-12
Cruise period2003-04-28 — 2003-05-16
Port of departureZeebrugge, Belgium
Port of returnBrest, France

1. To assess the oceanic inorganic carbon cycle and its role in climate change. We aim, in particular, at quantifying the role of calcifying phytoplanktonic organisms in sequestering CO2.
2. To investigate the structural biodiversity (density, species composition and population structure) of the hyperbenthos along depth gradients in different geographic regions and its relevance for marine ecosystem functioning.
Chief scientistChou Lei (Free University of Brussels, Laboratory of Chemical Oceanography and Water Geochemistry)
NPRCRV Belgica 2003-12 NPRC belgica_2003-12.pdf (0.04 MB) 
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralEnglish Channel
Celtic Sea
Bay of Biscay
North East Atlantic Ocean (limit 40W)
SpecificFrench, UK and Irish Continental Shelf and slope.