Oceans and seas


November 5, 2011, 1:38 pm

ANTARES was a research program whose overall objective is to describe and model the biogeochemical processes controlling the dynamics of nutrients (Carbon, Nitrogen, Sulfur, Phosphorus) and silica in the Southern Ocean. More detailed objectives include investigating the seasonal ice zone, deploying arrays of sediment traps, and studying benthic processes.

This article is written at a definitional level only. Authors wishing to expand this entry are inivited to expand the present treatment, which additions will be peer reviewed prior to publication of any expansion.

The first program cruise, ANTARES I, took place from March 29 to May 18, 1993 on board the R. V. Marion Dufresne. Stops were made at the Kerguelan and Crozet Islands on a ship track that traversed an area between 40o and 60o S and 50o and 75o E in the Southern Ocean. Hydrographic and nutrient data were acquired with rosette hydrocasts and CTD and oxygen profiles were obtained with a Neil Brown Mark III B probe. Various core samples were also taken at a total of twenty stations where 142 hydrological and coring sampling operations were performed.

Further Reading:

  • Physical Oceanography Index
  • Jean-Francois Gaillard. ANTARES–I: a biogeochemical study of the Indian sector of the Southern Ocean. Deep–Sea Res. II, 44:951–961, 1997.


Baum, S. (2011). ANTARES. Retrieved from http://www.eoearth.org/view/article/149747


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