Implimentation Vertical transport

Region: Off the coast of Africa we will monitor the upwelling with a series of gliders that will transect the upwelling region.

Spacial sample strategy: We will fly a small fleet of three gliders perpendicular to shore through a region of upwelling.

Time sample strategy: These gliders will fly every other month for three years.

Experimental strategy : The transect they follow will create a time series that will allow us to monitor the areas physical, chemical, and biological components. Each of the three gliders will have a different purpose. The first glider will have a CO2 sensor. This Sensor allows us to monitor the organic and inorganic carbon liberation in the upwelling areas off the coast of Africa. Once we get dependable data we will be able to get a good estimate on how much carbon is being liberated. The second glider will have an acoustic sensor and plankton sensor we will use for biology. In upwelling regions nutrients feed the biology therefore this will reflect nutrient levels in the water. The acoustic sounding instrument will focus on larger animals such as schools of fish feeding in the fertile area. The plankton sensor will be able to measure levels of biology in the water column and will also give us an idea of how much CO2 is being consumed by organisms. The third glider will have a CTD to monitor the physical and chemical components of the water.

Region: Off the coast of Antarctica

Spacial sample strategy: we plan to monitor upwelling with a series of three gliders that will focus on canyon regions that seem to funnel deep water to the surface along the coast.

Time sample strategy: three gliders will monitor the area during the spring and the summer.

Experimental strategy : One glider will have a CO2 sensor which will allow us to see how mucghCO2 is being liberated in the arctic region. Another glider will have a CTD for the physicical and chemical components and the third glider will have an acoustic sensor for monitoring biology. The biology we will be studying in Antarctica Consists of plankton and small baitfish. With this information we will be able to track bait fish movement and a close component which is penguin migration.

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