The U.S. Antarctic Marine Living Resources (AMLR) Program kicked off the 29th consecutive field season when the first team of researchers departed Punta Arenas (Chile) on October 27, 2014. On board the National Science Foundation's R/V Laurence Gould, the team headed for the Cape Shirreff field station on Livingston Island. The coming season promises to be very interesting, especially following on the heels of last season's winter oceanographic survey (you can read the reports for that survey here). AMLR researchers are excited to see how the local predators fare this austral summer following the strong prey cohort we observed during the winter survey.
The Cape Shirreff field camp opened early Halloween (October 31, 2014) morning; researchers will conduct studies on site into the first quarter of 2015. More details will follow in the coming weeks, plus weekly reports from the team will be posted below.
Weekly Sit Reps from Cape Shirreff study site
|CS Sit Rep 1: November 3, 2014||CS Sit Rep 2: November 10, 2014||CS Sit Rep 3: November 17, 2014|
|CS Sit Rep 4: November 24, 2014||CS Sit Rep 5: December 1, 2014||CS Sit Rep 6: December 8, 2014|
|CS Sit Rep 7: December 15, 2014||CS Sit Rep 8: December 22, 2014||CS Sit Rep 9: December 29, 2014|
|CS Sit Rep 10: January 5, 2015||CS Sit Rep 11: January 12, 2015||CS Sit Rep 12: January 19, 2015|
|CS Sit Rep 13: January 26, 2015||CS Sit Rep 14: February 2, 2015||CS Sit Rep 15: February 9, 2015|
|CS Sit Rep 16: February 16, 2015||CS Sit Rep 17: February 23, 2015||CS Sit Rep 18: March 2, 2015|
|CS Sit Rep 19: March 9, 2015||CS Sit Rep 20: March 13, 2015|| |
The U.S. AMLR Program is planning to conduct another winter oceanographic survey in August 2015 - stay tuned for more information as our plans develop!
Weekly Sit Reps from RVIB Palmer
|WAMLR Sit Rep 1: (dates TBD)||WAMLR Sit Rep 2: (dates TBD)||WAMLR Sit Rep 3: (dates TBD)|
|WAMLR Sit Rep 4: (dates TBD)|| || |
This season AMLR researchers conducted limited studies at the Copacabana Field Camp on King George Island. AMLR Director George Watters and seabird researcher Jefferson Hinke opened the Copacabana site on Monday, January 12th. They were on site for a few weeks, during which time they downloaded data from several recording instruments (cameras, weather stations and receivers) and completed several animal studies. Weekly reports describing their work - both scientific and logistic - are below. A comphrehensive field season report (to be completed later this year, covering both island site programs) will provide greater detail on what was accomplished during this brief but productive field season at Copa.