Arctic Field Projects



Project Title: AON: Continuation of the of Ice-Tethered Profiler contribution to the Arctic Observing Network (Award# 0856479)

PI: Toole, John M (jtoole@whoi.edu)
Phone: (508) 289.2531 
Institute/Department: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution,  
IPY Project? NO
Funding Agency: US\Federal\NSF\GEO\OPP\ARC\AON
Program Manager: Dr. Erica Key (ekey@nsf.gov )
Discipline(s): | Meteorology and Climate | Oceanography |

Project Web Site(s):
NSF_Award_Info: http://nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward.do?AwardNumbe...
Data: http://www.eol.ucar.edu/projects/aon-cadis/
Data: http://www.whoi.edu/page.do?pid=20756

Science Summary:
This award is funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Public Law 111-5). The combined Ice-Based Observatory monitoring program, to which this grant contributes, represents a major contribution to the Arctic Observing Network. The major goal of this particular research is to continue sustained sampling of the Arctic Ocean water properties during all seasons using Ice-Tethered Profiler (ITP) instruments in conjunction with companion instrument systems sampling meteorological, sea ice and ocean mixed layer parameters. Researchers on this project will construct and deploy 6 ITP instrument systems annually throughout the Arctic Ocean and acquire, process and make the data from these instruments open, free and immediately available to all interested parties to support science and operational activities (as has been done in previous years). At regular intervals throughout each year the PIs will continue to produce calibrated, edited data products to support detailed science activities which will be made available on the WHOI ITP Web site and archived at Cooperative Arctic Data and Information Service (CADIS) and other U.S. national data archives. Over the course of this project, the PIs will work to transition support of the basic U.S. ITP program to an operational agency (ideally NOAA). In parallel, they will continue to evolve the ITP instrument design and capability to both improve long-term functionality and to return additional oceanographic information. A particular focus for the latter effort will be adding sensors to monitor biogeochemically-relevant ocean properties such as dissolved oxygen levels, phytoplankton biomass, and dissolved organic matter concentrations in addition to the properties already sampled by the current generation of ITPs.

Logistics Summary:
This grant sustains sampling of Arctic Ocean water properties during all seasons using Ice-Tethered Profiler (ITP) instruments. These profilers were designed/built/tested/deployed under NSF grants 0324233 and 0519899; subsequently, NSF grant 0631951 supported construction/deployment of 8 additional ITP systems over the 2007-8 IPY period, along with the recovery, processing and distribution of the data from the instruments. In 2009, these 8 IPY systems were deployed in the Canada Basin in collaboration with the Beaufort Gyre Exploration Program (0424864, Proshutinsky, LEAD PI); around the North Pole in collaboration with the North Pole Environmental Observatory (NPEO, Morison, LEAD PI); and in the European sector of the Arctic in association with the EU DAMOCLES effort. Recently, WHOI investigators were awarded a Major Research Instrumentation grant (0722694) that included funds (supplemented by an award from WHOI's Arctic Research Initiative program) to construct an additional 9 ITP systems. This project’s research team will construct and deploy 6 ITP instrument systems annually throughout the Arctic Ocean from 2009-2014, distributing new systems annually to maintain an array spanning the ice- covered Arctic. The team will use existing logistics chains to accomplish the work. The team will participate in two field operations in 2009 (paid for under WHOI funds) and three per year for the remaining project years. In spring, in collaboration with AARI, 2 people will participate each summer on a 35-day cruise on the Russian vessel Fedorov out of Murmansk, Russia, to deploy 2-3 systems in the Transpolar Drift. Russian helicopters will transport personnel/ITPs from the ship to the deployment sites. In addition, one to two people will travel to Longyearbyen, Norway, annually in April to deploy one ITP beginning in 2010 via the North Pole Environmental Observatory grant. Finally, each summer of the grant, the team will continue to deploy several ITPs per year as part of the Beaufort Gyre Observing System and several per year from other icebreaker cruises of opportunity (including European vessels). For logistics details, see the corresponding records for the grants described above. Finally, each summer of the grant, the team will continue to deploy several ITPs per year as part of the Beaufort Gyre Observing System and several per year from other icebreaker cruises of opportunity (including European vessels). For logistics details, see the corresponding records for the grants described above.

CPS will provide access to the NPEO logistics chain, The PI will arrange all other logistics coordination and pay any costs through the grant.
SeasonField SiteDate InDate Out#People
2010Arctic Ocean and Seas - Arctic Ocean2
2010Arctic Ocean and Seas - North Pole2
2010Norway - Longyearbyen2
2011Arctic Ocean and Seas - Arctic Ocean2
2011Arctic Ocean and Seas - North Pole2
2011Norway - Longyearbyen2
2012Arctic Ocean and Seas - Arctic Ocean0
2012Arctic Ocean and Seas - North Pole0
2012Norway - Longyearbyen0
2013Arctic Ocean and Seas - Arctic Ocean2
2013Arctic Ocean and Seas - North Pole04 / 03 / 2013 04 / 13 / 20133
2013Norway - Longyearbyen04 / 03 / 2013 04 / 13 / 20133
2014Arctic Ocean and Seas - North Pole04 / 10 / 2014 04 / 11 / 20143
2014Norway - Longyearbyen04 / 08 / 2014 04 / 13 / 20143
 


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