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BEHRENFELD LAB IN NASA STUDY

The study is part of NASA’s Earth Venture Suborbital Mission program and involves a large number of other universities and NASA centers.  The first campaign took place between November 6 and December 1, 2015, which is a notoriously rough time of year to be doing research on ship in the North Atlantic (as testified by the photo).  Nevertheless, it is a key time of the year for the plankton as, according to a new hypothesis, it is the moment with the annual plankton bloom is initiated.  Accompanying the ship measurements were a range of remote sensing measurements conducted from one of NASA’s C-130 Hercules airplanes, which based its flights out of Saint John’s Bay, Newfoundland.  The second campaign of the project will occur in May 2016, which corresponds to the climax of the annual plankton bloom and a period when the atmospheric aerosol burden is most strongly influenced by organic material originating from the local ocean ecosystem.

See the NAAMES campaign blog:

http://www.journalistatsea.com/