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Hawaii Ocean Time-series (HOT): 2018-2023

Award Period: 

Wednesday, August 1, 2018 to Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Award Amount: 

$47 579

Agency Name: 

University of Hawaii

Award Number: 

MA 1392

PI First Name: 

Craig

PI last name: 

Carlson

Area/s of Research: 

Abstract: 

Since 1988, the Hawaii Ocean Time-series (HOT) program has provided information on time variability in biogeochemical and physical processes in one of Earth's largest ecosystems, the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre (NPSG).  The program is built around interdisciplinary shipboard sampling and data collection at near monthly intervals (10 cruises/year) at the open ocean site Station ALOHA (22.75N, 158W).  The multi-investigator program is based at the University of Hawaii (UH), with key long-term partners at Oregon State University (OSU), Montana State University (MSU), Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO), and more recently (since 2004) Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI).  Measurements conducted by HOT continue to transform our view of linkages between ocean biogeochemistry, plankton ecology, and physical processes in the NPSG.  Foremost among the program objectives are to quantify time-varying (seasonal to decadal) changes in reservoirs and fluxes of carbon (C) and associated bioelements; and identify processes controlling air-sea C exchange, rates of C transformation through the planktonic food web, and fluxes of C into the ocean’s interior.  This subcontract will support regular program analyses of dissolved organic carbon and total dissolved nitrogen in seawater samples collected on near-monthly HOT cruises.