Marine mammals exploring the oceans pole to pole
Entry ID: org.polarresearch-598

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Summary
Abstract: Marine Mammals Exploring the Oceans Pole to Pole (MEOP) will deploy state-of-the-art animal-borne CTD (Conductivity-Temperature-Depth) tags on strategically chosen, deep-diving marine mammal species to explore their current movement patterns, behaviour and habitat utilization in Polar Regions. Deployments will take place on the deepest diving seals in the Arctic and Antarctic – hooded seals in the north and elephant seals in the south. Additionally, to maximise ice-filled water coverage, deployments will also take place on Weddell seals and crabeater seals. Concomitant with the sampling of ecological data sets on these top predators, the animals will themselves (via the equipment they carry) collect a vast, high-precision oceanographic data set from logistically difficult areas of ocean in Polar Seas at the fringes of the North and South Atlantic and the South Pacific that are strategically important to climate and ocean modelling. Co-operation between programmes within IPY will provide MEOP with comprehensive, synoptic oceanographic coverage that will allow us, for the first time ever at this level, to quantify factors determining habitat selection by key polar marine mammal species. In turn, our ocean data sets will contribute significantly to modelling ocean circulation patterns and serve as input to advanced climate models
Geographic Coverage
 N: -42.0 S: -74.0  E: 52.0  W: -37.0
 N: 88.5 S: 58.0  E: 22.0  W: -43.0
 Max Altitude: 0 M  Min Depth: 0 M  Max Depth: 1125M
 N: 88.5 S: 58.0  E: 22.0  W: -43.0

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Kovacs,Fedak,Lydersen,Nøst,Biuw
Dataset Title: Marine mammals exploring the oceans pole to pole


Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 2007-07-20


Location Keywords
OCEAN > ATLANTIC OCEAN > NORTH ATLANTIC OCEAN > SVALBARD AND JAN MAYEN > Framstretet
OCEAN > ATLANTIC OCEAN > SOUTH ATLANTIC OCEAN > BOUVET ISLAND > Bouvet Island
OCEAN > ATLANTIC OCEAN > Greenland Sea
GEOGRAPHIC REGION > ARCTIC
GEOGRAPHIC REGION > POLAR


Data Resolution


Science Keywords
BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION >ANIMALS/VERTEBRATES >MAMMALS >CARNIVORES >SEALS/SEA LIONS/WALRUSES
OCEANS >OCEAN CIRCULATION >ADVECTION    [Definition]
OCEANS >OCEAN CIRCULATION >FRESH WATER FLUX    [Definition]
OCEANS >OCEAN CIRCULATION >WATER MASSES    [Definition]
OCEANS >OCEAN TEMPERATURE >WATER TEMPERATURE    [Definition]


ISO Topic Category
BIOTA
CLIMATOLOGY/METEOROLOGY/ATMOSPHERE
ENVIRONMENT
OCEANS


Project
MEOP >Marine Mammal Exploration of the Oceans Pole to Pole    [Information]
IPY >INTERNATIONAL POLAR YEAR    [Information]


Data Set Progress
IN WORK


Data Center
Norwegian Polar Institute, Norway    [Information]
Data Center URL: http://www.npolar.no

Data Center Personnel
Name: KIT M. KOVACS
Phone: 47 777 50526
Fax: 47 777 50501
Email: kit.kovacs at npolar.no
Contact Address:
Norwegian Polar Institute (Norsk Polarinstitutt)
Polar Environmental Centre
City: Tromsø
Province or State: Troms
Postal Code: N-9296
Country: Norway



Data Center Personnel
Name: CHRISTIAN LYDERSEN
Phone: 47 777 50523
Email: Lydersen at npolar.no
Contact Address:
Norwegian Polar Institute (Norsk Polarinstitutt)
Polar Environmental Centre
City: Tromsø
Province or State: Troms
Postal Code: N-9296
Country: Norway



Data Center Personnel
Name: OLE ANDERS NØST
Phone: +47 777 50 513
Fax: +47 777 50 501
Email: ole at npolar.no
Contact Address:
Norwegian Polar Institute (Norsk Polarinstitutt)
Polar Environmental Centre
City: Tromsø
Province or State: Troms
Postal Code: N-9296
Country: Norway



Data Center Personnel
Name: MARTIN BIUW
Phone: +4777750542
Email: martin.biuw at npolar.no
Contact Address:
Norwegian Polar Institute (Norsk Polarinstitutt)
Polar Environmental Centre
City: Tromsø
Province or State: Troms
Postal Code: N-9296
Country: Norway


University of St. Andrews, Sea Mammal Research Unit, Scotland    [Information]
Data Center URL: http://www.smru.st-andrews.ac.uk/

Data Center Personnel
Name: MICHEAL FEDAK
Fax: +44 1334 462632
Contact Address:
University of St. Andrews,
Sea Mammal Research Unit
Gatty Marine Laboratory, St Andrews
City: Fife
Province or State: Scotland
Postal Code: KY16 8LB
Country: United Kingdom


Personnel
KIT M. KOVACS
Role: INVESTIGATOR
Phone: 47 777 50526
Fax: 47 777 50501
Email: kit.kovacs at npolar.no
Contact Address:
Norwegian Polar Institute (Norsk Polarinstitutt)
Polar Environmental Centre
City: Tromsø
Province or State: Troms
Postal Code: N-9296
Country: Norway


MICHEAL FEDAK
Role: INVESTIGATOR
Fax: +44 1334 462632
Contact Address:
University of St. Andrews,
Sea Mammal Research Unit
Gatty Marine Laboratory, St Andrews
City: Fife
Province or State: Scotland
Postal Code: KY16 8LB
Country: United Kingdom


CHRISTIAN LYDERSEN
Role: INVESTIGATOR
Phone: 47 777 50523
Email: Lydersen at npolar.no
Contact Address:
Norwegian Polar Institute (Norsk Polarinstitutt)
Polar Environmental Centre
City: Tromsø
Province or State: Troms
Postal Code: N-9296
Country: Norway


OLE ANDERS NØST
Role: INVESTIGATOR
Phone: +47 777 50 513
Fax: +47 777 50 501
Email: ole at npolar.no
Contact Address:
Norwegian Polar Institute (Norsk Polarinstitutt)
Polar Environmental Centre
City: Tromsø
Province or State: Troms
Postal Code: N-9296
Country: Norway


MARTIN BIUW
Role: INVESTIGATOR
Phone: +4777750542
Email: martin.biuw at npolar.no
Contact Address:
Norwegian Polar Institute (Norsk Polarinstitutt)
Polar Environmental Centre
City: Tromsø
Province or State: Troms
Postal Code: N-9296
Country: Norway



Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2009-04-01
Last DIF Revision Date: 2014-03-27

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