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Title: National Facility External Users: M. Furnas (AIMS)
Id: 123
Acronym: National Facility user: Furnas, M.
Investigator(s): Miles Furnas
Australian Institute of Marine Science [details]

Years: 1985

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FR 02/95

M. Furnas (AIMS) Cruise FR 02/95 was undertaken for primary production studies at outer-shelf sites along the NW shelf of WA under summer conditions. Sampling methods included sediment trap deployments with infiltrix in-situ water samplers (hydrocarbon sampling) and floating light traps (larval fish sampling); net tows to collect Trichodesmium; water sampling collected by clean techniques for near-surface iron and trace metal determinations; hydrographic stations; internal wave activity observations at all of the time series stations (these observations will complement ongoing internal wave studies carried out on the southern NW shelf); servicing of tide gauges and moorings, and deployment of a pressure sensor at a sub-tidal location on the Ashmore Reef flat east of the main anchorage entrance (12 deg. 12.85'S, 122 deg. 59.78'E) in support of Indonesian throughflow studies. Samples were collected for on board and laboratory analyses.
FR 03/92

M. Furnas, D. Alongi (AIMS) & T. Waite (ANSTO) Cruise FR 03/92 was undertaken to study productivity and vertical fluxes of carbon, nutrients and trace metals in northern Australian continental shelf systems. Time series stations were occupied at the following four sites; Timor Sea, north of the Cobourg Peninsula, Gulf of Carpentaria and Gulf of Papua. One primary production station was also conducted in the deep Coral Sea. Also during the cruise an opportunity arose to measure the response of plankton community to disturbance by a tropical cyclone (Neville) on an open continental shelf. Overall, 44 hydrocasts were made and 19 primary production experiments were carried out. 11 deployments of the drifter sediment traps were made. 11 subsurfce light profiles (scalar PAR) were measured. Benthic metabolism was measured 5 times at 3 sites. Pore water profiles were measured at 2 additional sites. Near surface iron concentration and speciation measurements were made at most primary production sites when conditions were suitable to launch the zodiac. 2 diel iron speciation studies were carried out. Samples were collected for on board and laboratory analysis.
FR 05/88

M. Furnas (AIMS) including other PI's Cruise FR 05/88 forms part of BROBS (Barrier Reef Ocean Boundary Study). Cruise objectives included the study of the physical, biological and chemical oceanographic processes in the oceanic boundary zone bordering the Australian and Papuan Barrier Reef systems. Survey methods included CTDs, ADCP, XBTs, drifters, grabs, zooplankton net tows and other associated instrumentation. Numerous water, biological and sediment samples were collected for on board and laboratory analysis. Primary production and nitrogen uptake experiments were also carried out.
FR 05/85

M. Furnas (AIMS) including other PIs Cruise FR 05/85 was undertaken to study the hydrographic structure of water masses at Coral Sea boundaries and interior; hydrographic structure of the East Australian Current between 13 degrees S and 21 degrees S; primary production, biomass and size structure of phytoplankton communities and nitrogen nutrition of Coral Sea phytoplankton. Calibration of SST's by satellite radiometry was also conducted. Survey methods included CTD casts, XBT's, underwater light profiles, zooplankton tows, bucket thermometers, balloon borne radiosondes, radiometer measurements and underway instrumentation. Most samples were analysed aboard ship, some were frozen and stored for analyses to take back to laboratory. Ground truth data of SST have been collected for later comparison with measurements from the NOAA-9 satellite.
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