Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry Department, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Data Center Description
Research in the Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry Department (MCG) involves all aspects of oceanic chemical fluxes. MCG researchers use laboratory, field-based, and computational tools to understand the processes that control the chemistry of the oceans. Research projects often focus on mechanisms and rates of chemical transport at ocean boundaries, from the flux of pollutants in the coastal zone to the effects of ocean biology on atmospheric carbon dioxide, and hydrothermal influences on the deep ocean. Many studies require the use of ships in remote places: MCG cruises in 2002 ranged from the North Pacific to the Antarctic. Senior Scientist Ken Buesseler and his research group participated in the Southern Ocean Iron Experiment (SOFeX), which was unique in the simultaneous use of three ships in the Ross Sea, Antarctica. Ken was the chief scientist on board the Coast Guard icebreaker Polar Star. Scientists from 17 institutions, including WHOI, collaborated to examine the rela tionship between biological productivity and dust inputs to the ocean surface. Using samples collected on the cruise, the WHOI group will measure how much carbon was removed from the surface by an iron-induced phytoplankton bloom.