Parent metadata record for all metadata created from the SIPEX II voyage of the Aurora Australis, 2012-2013 season - Sea Ice Physics and Ecosystem eXperimentEntry ID: SIPEX_II
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Abstract: More than 50 scientists from eight countries conducted the Sea Ice Physics and Ecosystem eXperiment 2012 (SIPEX-2). The 2012 voyage built on information and observations collected in 2007, by re-visiting the study area at about 100-120 degrees East. This was the culmination of years of preparation for the Australian Antarctic Division and, more specifically, the ACE CRC sea-ice group who lead this ... international, multi-disciplinary, sea ice voyage to East Antarctica.
Work began at the sea-ice edge and penetrated the pack ice towards the coastal land-fast ice. The purpose of SIPEX-2 was to investigate relationships between the physical sea-ice environment, marine biogeochemistry and the structure of Southern Ocean ecosystems. While the scientists and crew did not set foot on Antarctic terra firma, a number of multi-day research stations were set up on suitable sea ice floes, and a range of novel and state-of-the-art instruments were used. These included:
A Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) to observe and film (with an on-board video camera) krill, and to quantify the distribution and amount of sea ice algae associated with ice floes.
An Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) to study the three-dimensional under-ice topography of ice floes.
Helicopter-borne instruments to measure snow and ice thickness, floe size and sea ice type. Instruments included a scanning laser altimeter, infrared radiometer, microwave radiometer, camera and GPS.
Sea ice accelerometer buoys to measure sea ice wave interaction and its effect on floe-size distribution.
Customised pumping systems and light-traps to catch krill from below the ice and on the sea floor.
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Start Date: 2012-09-14Stop Date: 2012-11-16
BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION > PLANTS > MICROALGAE
CRYOSPHERE > SEA ICE
ATMOSPHERE > ATMOSPHERIC CHEMISTRY > OXYGEN COMPOUNDS > OZONE
BIOSPHERE > AQUATIC ECOSYSTEMS > PLANKTON > ZOOPLANKTON
OCEANS > OCEAN CIRCULATION > OCEAN CURRENTS
CRYOSPHERE > SNOW/ICE > ALBEDO
CRYOSPHERE > SEA ICE > ICE DEFORMATION
CRYOSPHERE > SEA ICE > ICE DEPTH/THICKNESS
CRYOSPHERE > SEA ICE > ICE EDGES
CRYOSPHERE > SEA ICE > ICE EXTENT
CRYOSPHERE > SEA ICE > ICE FLOES
CRYOSPHERE > SEA ICE > ICE GROWTH/MELT
CRYOSPHERE > SEA ICE > ICE TYPES
CRYOSPHERE > SEA ICE > ICEBERGS
CRYOSPHERE > SEA ICE > LEADS
CRYOSPHERE > SEA ICE > PACK ICE
CRYOSPHERE > SEA ICE > POLYNYAS
CRYOSPHERE > SEA ICE > SALINITY
CRYOSPHERE > SEA ICE > SEA ICE AGE
CRYOSPHERE > SEA ICE > SEA ICE CONCENTRATION
CRYOSPHERE > SEA ICE > SEA ICE ELEVATION
CRYOSPHERE > SEA ICE > SEA ICE MOTION
CRYOSPHERE > SEA ICE > SNOW DEPTH
OCEANS > SEA ICE
OCEANS > SEA ICE > ICE DEFORMATION
OCEANS > SEA ICE > ICE DEPTH/THICKNESS
OCEANS > SEA ICE > ICE EDGES
OCEANS > SEA ICE > ICE EXTENT
OCEANS > SEA ICE > ICE FLOES
OCEANS > SEA ICE > ICE GROWTH/MELT
OCEANS > SEA ICE > ICE TYPES
OCEANS > SEA ICE > ICEBERGS
OCEANS > SEA ICE > LEADS
OCEANS > SEA ICE > PACK ICE
OCEANS > SEA ICE > POLYNYAS
OCEANS > SEA ICE > SALINITY
OCEANS > SEA ICE > SEA ICE AGE
OCEANS > SEA ICE > SEA ICE CONCENTRATION
OCEANS > SEA ICE > SEA ICE ELEVATION
OCEANS > SEA ICE > SEA ICE MOTION
OCEANS > SEA ICE > SNOW DEPTH
OCEANS > SEA ICE > SNOW MELT
OCEANS > BATHYMETRY/SEAFLOOR TOPOGRAPHY
OCEANS > BATHYMETRY/SEAFLOOR TOPOGRAPHY > BATHYMETRY
OCEANS > BATHYMETRY/SEAFLOOR TOPOGRAPHY > WATER DEPTH
BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION > ANIMALS/INVERTEBRATES > ARTHROPODS > CRUSTACEANS > EUPHAUSIIDS (KRILL)
OCEANS > SALINITY/DENSITY > CONDUCTIVITY
OCEANS > OCEAN TEMPERATURE > WATER TEMPERATURE
BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION > PROTISTS > PLANKTON > PHYTOPLANKTON
BIOSPHERE > AQUATIC ECOSYSTEMS > PLANKTON > PHYTOPLANKTON
SPECTRAL/ENGINEERING > MICROWAVE
OCEANS > OCEAN WAVES
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Generally - the SIPEX II voyage was unable to complete the anticipated number of ice stations on account of it becoming beset by sea ice for some time.
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Data Set Progress
Role: TECHNICAL CONTACT
Phone: + 61 3 6226 7201
Email: klaus.meiners at acecrc.org.au
Sea-ice Ecologist Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre (ACE CRC) Private Bag 80
Province or State: Tasmania
Postal Code: 7001
Role: DIF AUTHOR
Phone: +61 3 6232 3244
Fax: +61 3 6232 3351
Email: dave.connell at aad.gov.au
Australian Antarctic Division 203 Channel Highway
Province or State: Tasmania
Postal Code: 7050
Extended Metadata Properties
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2012-12-11
Last DIF Revision Date: 2012-12-13