Joint SOLAS Bergen Mesocosm Experiment 2008
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Key Question the project will test is:
effect does the increased biological activity in the marine water
column during a phytoplankton bloom have on the physicochemical, gas
transfer and microbiological properties of the sea surface microlayer?
- i) To determine total microbial (bacteria, archaea and
eukarya) assemblage structure in the SML and subsurface water during an
induced phytoplankton bloom.
- ii) To quantify the expression of prokaryote genes
and hence the microorganisms involved in the biogeochemical cycling of
globally significant compounds, namely, methyl-halides, CH4,
DMS, N2O, NO, NH4,
- iii) To quantify microbial production and sources
- iv) To quantify the production of surfactants and
characterise SML surfactants produced during the phytoplankton bloom.
- v) To quantify the production (and
air-sea exchange where appropriate) of biogenic gases: methyl-halides,
CH4, DMS, N2O, NO and
other relevant compounds such as NH4, methanol