OASIS scientists will go onboard R.V. Poseidon for the first pilot cruise to Seine Seamount (approx 34 degrees N and 14 degrees W). They will deploy current meters and take biogeochemical and biological samples.
The OASIS project is a FP5 EU funded project on Sedlo Seamount north of the Azores.
The project aims to study the seamount ecosystem by integrating physical, biogeochemical and biological research. One of the scopes of OASIS is to produce comprehensive and science-based management guidelines for seamounts in deep sea areas.
Parts of OASIS will be one element of the MAR-ECO component project PN2: Interactions of mesopelagic and bathypelagic fauna with the benthopelagic community associated with MAR seamounts/slopes.
20 March - embarked from Lisbon, Portugal
23-30 March - station work around Seine Seamount
1 April - disembarked in Las Palmas, Spain
Name: Bernd Christiansen
Position: cruise leader
Specialty: OASIS leader, professor at the Institute of Hydrobiology and Fishery Science at the University of Hamburg
Home institution: Institute of Hydrobiology and Fishery Science
Please see the OASIS web site for more information:
Check out "Project News" for details of the cruise.
"Research sites" provides background information the two seamounts OASIS is investigating.
Other site links provide valuable information about the OASIS project.