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SAZ carbon network

SAZ-SENSE is a study of the sensitivity of Sub-Antarctic Zone waters to global change. A 32-day oceanographic voyage onboard Australia’s ice-breaker Aurora Australis was undertaken in mid-summer (Jan 17 - Feb. 20) 2007 to examine microbial ecosystem structure and biogeochemical processes in SAZ waters west and east of Tasmania, and also in the Polar Frontal Zone south of the SAZ.
The voyage brought together research teams from Australasia, Europe, and North America, and was led by the ACE CRC, CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research, and the Australian Antarctic Division.

The overall goal is to understand the controls on Sub-Antarctic Zone productivity and carbon cycling, and to assess their sensitivity to climate change. The strategy is to compare low productivity waters west of Tasmania (areas with little phytoplankton) with higher productivity waters to the east, with a focus on the role of iron as a limiting micro-nutrient. The study also seeks to examine the effect of rising CO2 levels on phytoplankton - both via regional intercomparisons and incubation experiments.

The purpose of this website is to assemble results from the voyage to aid in their synthesis and publication. Papers are now with Deep Sea Research 2 for publication this year.

Special Edition: Table of Contents.

Bowie A.R., Trull T.W., Dehairs F. Editorial and Introduction. Estimating the Sensitivity of the Subantarctic Zone to Environmental Change: the SAZ-Sense project.
Bowie A.R., Griffiths F.B., Dehairs F., Trull T.W. Oceanography of the subantarctic and polar frontal zones south of Australia during summer: setting for the SAZ-Sense study.
Herraiz-Borreguero L., Rintoul S.R. Regional circulation and its impact on upper ocean variability south of Tasmania.
Mongin M., Matear R., Chamberlain M. Seasonal and spatial variability of remotely sensed Chlorophyll and physical fields in the SAZ-Sense region.
Lannuzel D., Remenyi T., Lam P., Townsend A., Ibisanmi E., Butler E., Wagener T., Schoemann V., Bowie A. Distributions of dissolved and particulate iron in the Subantarctic and Polar Frontal Southern Ocean (Australian sector).
Ibisanmi, E.B. Sander, S.G., Boyd, P.W., Bowie, A.R., Hunter, K.A. Vertical distributions of Iron-(III) complexing ligands in the Southern Ocean.
Mongin, M., Matear, R., Chamberlain, M. Simulation of chlorophyll and iron supplies in the Sub-Antarctic zone south of Australia.
de Salas M.F., Eriksen R., Davidson A.T., Wright S.W. Protistan communities in the Australian sector of the Sub-Antarctic zone during SAZ-Sense.
Evans C., Thomson P.G., Davidson A.T., Bowie A.R., van den Enden R., Witte H., Brussaard C.P.D. Potential implications of climate change-induced shifts in microbial distribution for carbon cycling in the Australian Southern Ocean.
Westwood, K.J., Griffiths, F.B., Webb, J.P., Wright, S.W. Primary production in the Sub-Antarctic and Polar Frontal zones south of Tasmania, Australia; SAZ-Sense survey, 2007.
Cheah, W., McMinn, A., Griffiths, F.B., Westwood, K., Webb, J., Molina, E., Wright S.W., van den Enden R. Assessing Sub-Antarctic Zone primary productivity from fast repetition rate fluorometry.
Doblin M.A., Ralph P.J., Petrou K.L., Shelly K., Westwood K., van den Enden R, Wright S.W., Griffiths F.B. Diel variation of chl-a fluorescence, phytoplankton pigments and productivity in the Sub-Antarctic Zone.
Petrou K., Hassler C.S, Doblin M.A., Shelly K., Schoemann V., van den Enden R., Wright S.W., Ralph P.J. Iron limitation and high light stress on phytoplankton populations from the Australian sub-Antarctic zone (SAZ).
Dumont, I., Schoemann, V., Jacquet, S. H. M., Masson, F., Becquevort, S. Bacterial abundance and production in epipelagic and mesopelagic waters in the Sub-Antarctic and Polar front zones south of Tasmania.
Jacquet S. H. M., Dehairs F., Dumont I., Becquevort S., Cavagna A-J., Cardinal D. Twilight zone organic carbon remineralization in the Polar Front Zone and Sub-Antarctic zone south of Tasmania.
Cavagna A-J., Elskens M., Griffiths F. B., Fripiat F., Jacquet S.H.M., Westwood K.J., Dehairs F. Contrasting regimes of production and potential for carbon export in the Sub-Antarctic Zone and Polar Frontal Zone south of Tasmania.
Pearce I., Davidson A.T., Thomson P., Wright S.W., van den Enden R. Marine microbial ecology in the Sub-Antarctic Zone: rates of bacterial and phytoplankton growth and grazing by heterotrophic protists.
Ebersbach, F., Trull, T.W., Davies, D. M., Bray S. G. Controls on near-surface particle flux in the Sub-Antarctic and Polar Frontal Zones in the Southern Ocean south of Australia in summer - perspectives from free-drifting sediment traps.
Jacquet S. H. M., Lam P.J., Trull T.W., Dehairs, F. Carbon export production in the Sub-Antarctic zone and Polar Front Zone south of Tasmania.
W. Howard, W.R., Roberts, D., Moy, A.D., Lindsay, M.C.M., Hopcroft, R.R., Trull, T.W, Bray, S.G. Distribution, abundance and seasonal flux of pteropods in the Sub-Antarctic Zone.
Kidson M., Matear R., Baird M.E. Parameter optimization of a marine ecosystem model at two contrasting stations in the sub-Antarctic zone.



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