In July 2014, FLOE was installed in a NOAA Twin Otter to make the first synoptic measurements of subsurface phytoplankton layers associated with the retreating ice in the Arctic Ocean. During a series of flights out of Barrow, Alaska over the Chukchi Sea to the west or the Beaufort Sea to the East, the lidar measured the layer characteristics and the fractional ice cover simultaneously. These layers, which are not adequately captured in satellite data, will influence primary productivity, secondary productivity, fisheries recruitment, and carbon export to the benthos. More Program InfoData Info (metadata)
Data Status: These profiles are directly from the field and are posted as PRELIMINARY.
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