Ecosystem Monitoring Program (EcoMon)
Entry ID: gomc_77

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Summary
Abstract: The objectives of the investigation are 1) to monitor the fishery-relevant components of the Northeast Shelf ecosystem, to characterize the baseline conditions and their variability, and to index the seasonal, annual, and decadal changes in the conditions of the ecosystem, and 2) to determine the effects of biological and physical processes on the recruitment of Northeast shelf fishes, especially gadoids. The Investigation utilizes three survey approaches to gather data on planktonic organisms and environmental parameters: 1) shelf-wide Research Vessel Surveys, and 2) Ship of Opportunity (SOOP) Transect Surveys and 3) sampling using a variety of environmental satellites and buoys (termed Remote Sensing Surveys).. Data generated by these surveys are analyzed by Center and outside scientists to determine zooplankton abundance, distribution and biomass estimates, time series of zooplankton abundances, and to establish baseline indices for zooplankton and hydrography in the northeastern US continental shelf ecosystem.

Sponsor: United States Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Marine Fisheries Service, Northeast Fisheries Science Center

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Geographic Coverage
 N: 45.0 S: 35.0  E: -65.0  W: -76.0

Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 1977-01-01


Location Keywords
OCEAN > ATLANTIC OCEAN > NORTH ATLANTIC OCEAN > GULF OF MAINE


Data Resolution


Science Keywords
OCEANS >MARINE ENVIRONMENT MONITORING    [Definition]
OCEANS >OCEAN OPTICS >FLUORESCENCE    [Definition]
OCEANS >OCEAN TEMPERATURE >WATER TEMPERATURE    [Definition]
OCEANS >OCEAN TEMPERATURE    [Definition]
OCEANS >SALINITY/DENSITY >SALINITY    [Definition]
OCEANS >SALINITY/DENSITY    [Definition]
BIOSPHERE >AQUATIC ECOSYSTEMS >PLANKTON    [Definition]
BIOSPHERE >ECOLOGICAL DYNAMICS >ECOSYSTEM FUNCTIONS >BIOMASS DYNAMICS    [Definition]


ISO Topic Category
OCEANS


Platform
BUOYS    [Information]
SHIPS    [Information]
SATELLITES    [Information]


Instrument
BONGO NETS    [Information]
CPR >Continuous Plankton Recorder    [Information]
CTD >Conductivity, Temperature, Depth    [Information]


Project
GOMMP >Gulf of Maine Monitoring Programs    [Information]


Quality
Zooplankton and ichthyoplankton Over 300 plankton taxa are sorted, identified
and enumerated by staff at the Sea Fisheries Institute in Poland through a
joint studies program. Data received by the Ecosystems Monitoring Group is
quality controlled and loaded into ORACLE tables at the Narragansett
Laboratory.

Water column temperature and salinity data are collected simultaneously with
plankton tows using a Conductivity, Temperature and Depth (CTD) unit. Data are
logged directly to the shipboard computing system (SCS), with raw data
maintained by Data Management Services (DMS), Woods Hole, MA, and with quality
controlled data loaded into SAS data bases residing on the Narragansett Lab
network.

Surface in vivo fluorescence measurements are made while the vessel is underway
via the flow-through system and recorded every 15 seconds on the SCS.
Calibration samples are taken twice daily, with chlorophyl-a extracted and
measured onboard. Raw data are maintained by DMS, and quality controlled data
are loaded into SAS databases residing at the Narragansett Lab. For selected
results, click here. Surface primary productivity measurements are made while
the vessel is underway via the flow-through system. These fast repetitive rate
fluorometer values have been successfully converted to carbon production rates,
and design of quality controlled data bases is in progress.


Access Constraints
None noted


Use Constraints
None noted


Keywords
plankton
zooplankton
ichthyoplankton


Data Set Progress
IN WORK


Data Center
Northeast Fisheries Science Center, National Marine Fisheries Service, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce    [Information]
Data Center URL: http://www.nefsc.noaa.gov/

Data Center Personnel
Name: JON HARE
Phone: (401) 782-3258
Email: sharon.maclean at noaa.gov
Contact Address:
28 Tarzwell Drive
City: Narragansett
Province or State: Rhode Island
Postal Code: 02882
Country: USA



Distribution
Distribution_Media: Online Internet (HTTP)
Fees: none noted


Personnel
JON HARE
Role: DIF AUTHOR
Phone: (401) 782-3258
Email: sharon.maclean at noaa.gov
Contact Address:
28 Tarzwell Drive
City: Narragansett
Province or State: Rhode Island
Postal Code: 02882
Country: USA



Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2006-11-15
Last DIF Revision Date: 2012-03-06

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