The Global Station Papa Array is a combination of fixed
platforms (moorings) with moored profilers to address the
requirement to sample the full water column and mobile platforms
(gliders) that provide simultaneous spatial and temporal sampling
Ocean Station Papa, situated at 50°N, 145°W, was operated as an
ocean weather station starting in December 1949. At that time, the
weatherships were occupying Station Papa, and they kept doing so
until 1981. After the withdrawal of the weatherships in 1981 the
Line P/Station P Program was taken over by the Institute of Ocean
Sciences from Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO). A complete history
of the program is available.
The Ocean Biology & Biogeochemistry (OBB) program supports a number of Federal research objectives, e.g., the U.S. Global Change Research Program, which address aspects of Carbon Cycle and Ecosystem research from space, with a focus on understanding Earth’s aquatic environment and its role within the Earth System.
Studying marine ecosystems and biogeochemical cycles in the face of environmental change.
EXPORTS is a NASA large-scale field campaign that will provide critical information for quantifying the export and fate of upper ocean net primary production (NPP) from satellite observations. The overarching goal of EXPORTS is to develop a predictive understanding of the export and fate of global ocean primary production and its implications for the Earth’s carbon cycle in present and future climates. NASA recently selected 11 proposals to conduct the research and answer the EXPORTS science questions.