The AMT8 cruise took place between 25 April and 7 June
1999 when the RRS James Clark Ross sailed from the
Falkland Islands to the UK, via Ascension Island. The principal
scientist was Nigel Rees from the Plymouth Marine Laboratory.
The cruise was divided into three legs: Stanley-Montevideo,
Montevideo-Ascension and Ascension-UK, each with different
scientific objectives and activities.
On leg 1 the sampling strategy was tailored to investigate the
structure of eddy systems within the Brazil/Falklands
The NASA optics team joined the cruise in Montevideo which resulted
in the sampling strategy on legs 2 and 3 focusing on the
acquisition of optical measurements and concurrent data on
phytoplankton pigments and species, zooplankton, hydrographic
properties, biogases and nutrients.
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