A component of U.S. Joint Global Ocean Flux Study (JGOFS) is the
Arabian Sea Process Study. Eleven cruises took place aboard the R/V
Thomas G. Thompson for about sixteen months from October 1994 until
January 1996. These cruises provided seasonal coverage of the annual
monsoon and inter-monsoon cycles in the area southeast of Oman - from ... where the cruises were staged. The monsoons of the Arabian Sea drive
a uniquely intense carbon cycling system, and it is the goal of JGOFS
to better understand the role of the oceans in global carbon cycling.
Particulate matter concentrations (PMC) were determined by filtering
water samples from Niskin bottles from the CTD rosette bottle sampler.
Water samples were collected at various depths on three of the eleven
cruises. PMC is given in micrograms per liter of water filtered.
The data is public domain and can be retrieved on-line at
[This information was obtained from U.S. JGOFS website at WHOI.]