In October 2016, the scientists of the SOCLIM mission embarked on the Marion Dufresne. Their goal? Collect unprecedented data on the Southern Ocean in order to better understand the oceans’ role in the actual context of climate change.
Stéphane Blain’s teams start their journey towards the South Pole after preparing all the equipment on board. The crew hurries to prepare the gear and proceeds to the deployment of the instruments which will carry out the first samples. The researchers are preparing to go “water fishing”.
Episode #4 – The Marion Dufresne, a floating laboratory
What happens to the CO² absorbed by the Southern Ocean, what are the CO² storing mechanisms, which role does phytoplankton play in the transformation process of CO² in the ocean? How are the scientists’ days organized around these many analyses? Find out the answers to all these questions in the latest episode of the webseries.
“ The waters of the Southern Ocean are special concerning the confinement of biological carbon, they don’t function like in the other oceans at all. In other oceans, what you can generally observe is the more phytoplankton produces, the more an important part of this stock of particles drops to the bottom of the ocean. In the Southern Ocean, the relation is completely inverted.”