ABYSSLINE

For the ABYSSLINE Project, there have been two expeditions so far:

AB01 (MV1313)

Location: Clarion-Clipperton Zone, east Pacific Ocean

Date: September – October 2013

Ship: R/V Melville

This 24-day expedition evaluated all aspects of the benthic fauna within the first 30×30 km stratum of the UK claim area in the Clarion-Clipperton Zone (an area that has been targeted for polymetallic-nodule mining in the future). This was done by a team of scientists from institutions around the world using a range of sampling equipment including an ROV, boxcorer, multicorer, baited traps and cameras, CTD rosette, respirometers and epibenthic sledges. Sampling depths were 3900-4500m.


AB02 (TN319)

Location: Clarion-Clipperton Zone, east Pacific Ocean

Date: February – March 2015

Ship: R/V Thompson

This 42-day expedition evaluated all aspects of the benthic biology within the second 30×30 km stratum of the UK claim area, the first 30x30km stratum in the Singaporean area and an Area of Particular Environmental Interest 4 (APEI4) in the Clarion-Clipperton Zone. This was done by a team of scientists from institutions around the world using multiple sampling methods: AUV REMUS surveys, boxcorer, multicorer, baited traps and cameras, CTD rosette, plankton-pump landers, respirometers and epibenthic sledges. Sampling depths were 3900-4500m.


Additional INformation:

Photos from AB01 can be seen on Twitter using #ABYSSLINE

Photos from AB02 can be seen on Twitter using #AB02

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