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Penguin Foraging Reveals Phytoplankton Spatial Structure in the Ross Sea
Entry ID: NSF-ANT11-42174_1

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The Ross Sea is believed to contributes a huge portion (~1/3) of the primary productivity of the Southern Ocean and is home to a similar large portion of the top predators (e.g. 38% of Adelie, 28% of Emperor penguins) of the Antarctic sea ice ecosystem. The trophic pathways in this system are complex in both space and time. One scenario for the Ross Sea ecosystem is that diatoms are grazed by ...

 This collaborative research sets out to use an autonomous glider, equipped with a range of sensors, and informed by satellite chlorophyll imagery to be combined with 3-dimenisonal active penguin tracking to their preferred foraging sites. The effect of localized grazing pressure of krill on the appearance and disappearance of algal blooms will also be followed. Overall the objective of the research is to reconcile and explain several years of the study of the foraging habits and strategies of (top predator) penguins at the Cape Crozier site (Ross Island), with the dynamics of krill and their supporting algal food webs. The use of a glider to answer a primarily ecological questions is subject to moderate to high risk, and is potentially transformative. 

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Description: Glider data from the southern Ross Sea collected from the iRobot Seaglider during the RVIB Nathaniel B. Palmer (AUV-SG-503-2012, NBP1210) cruises in 2012 (Penguin Glider project)
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Version: 1
Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 2012-09-01T00:00:00.000Z
Stop Date: 2015-08-31T23:59:59.999Z
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United States Antarctic Program Data Center
Data Center URL: http://www.usap-dc.org/

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Name: Data Manager
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Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
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Postal Code: 10964
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Biological Sciences
Virginia Institute of Marine Science
The College of William & Mary
P.O. Box 1346
City: Gloucester Pt
Province or State: VA
Postal Code: 23062-1346
Country: USA
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2015-09-14
Last DIF Revision Date: 2018-11-14