RV Belgica 2003-12
|Ship name (ship code)||RV Belgica (11BE)|
|Cruise period||2003-04-28 — 2003-05-16|
|Port of departure||Zeebrugge, Belgium|
|Port of return||Brest, 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 scientist||Chou Lei (Free University of Brussels, Laboratory of Chemical Oceanography and Water Geochemistry)|
Bay of Biscay
North East Atlantic Ocean (limit 40W)
|Specific||French, UK and Irish Continental Shelf and slope.|