Accession Number : AD0651751

Title :   RESEARCH SHIPS OF OPPORTUNITY PROGRAM. PROJECT NEPTUNE LIMNOS.

Descriptive Note : Special rept.,

Corporate Author : MICHIGAN UNIV ANN ARBOR GREAT LAKES RESEARCH DIV

Personal Author(s) : Robertson,Andrew

Report Date : 1967

Pagination or Media Count : 32

Abstract : Two previous projects have proven that oceanographic data collection and biological experimentation can be carried out aboard a merchantman (Research Ship of Opportunity concept). The third project was designed to determine if questions of scientific importance could be answered from research carried out in this way. The scientific objective of the third study was to compare the biological communities sampled during passage from Detroit, Michigan, out the St. Lawrence and across the open Atlantic to Bilboa, Spain. The experience on this project points up the desirability, in any large-scale use of this concept, of a central agency to coordinate preparations. Samples have been gathered for measurement of the amount of particulate organic matter, the amount of dissolved organic matter, and the composition of the plankton community. The analysis of these samples is not yet complete, but the preliminary indications are that the objective of showing that a RSO project can obtain results with intrinsic scientific value will be fulfilled. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*OCEANOGRAPHIC DATA, *ATLANTIC OCEAN), MARINE BIOLOGY, OCEAN BOTTOM SAMPLING, MERCHANT VESSELS, PLANKTON, SAMPLERS, ORGANIC COMPOUNDS, SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH, MEASUREMENT, GREAT LAKES, MICHIGAN

Subject Categories : Biological Oceanography
      Physical and Dynamic Oceanography

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE