|Wiebe, Peter H.||Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI)||Principal Investigator|
|Copley, Nancy||Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI BCO-DMO)||BCO-DMO Data Manager|
Krill species raw counts and abundance per 1000 cubic meters are reported.
Three day trips were made aboard the R/V Thuwal to a location referred to as the Economic City Deep or ECDEEP: a ~700 m deep basin located north of KAUST at 22.5o N, 39.03o E). A 1/4-m MOCNESS (Multiple Opening/Closing Net and Environmental Sensing System; Wiebe et al., 1985) with 200 µm mesh nets was used to sample the zooplankton.
Field sampling: The MOCNESS was obliquely towed four times from the stern A-frame using 11.43 mm conducting cable to 600 m depth with a ship speed nominally of 2 kts (Fig. 2; Table 1). Two MOCNESS tows were taken during daytime, one each on 7 and 8 January 2014, and two night tows were taken on 12 January 2014. The first day tow (m-25-001) was equipped with 5 nets that sampled 600-400, 400-200, 200-100, and 100-0 m. The second day tow (m-25-002) and the two night tows (m-25-003, m-25-004) each had six nets that sampled 600-400, 400-200, 200-100, 100-50, and 50-0 m. The first tow was done without having GPS data input to the MOCNESS acquisition program, so positions from the bridge were obtained for the tow start and end, and at each opening of a net. GPS positions were logged for the other three tows. The MOCNESS system was equipped with the standard SeaBird temperature and conductivity probes. Volume of water filtered by each net was based on the net frame angle and flowmeter counts using equation 10b in Wiebe et al., 1985.
The samples from the first tow were all preserved in 95% alcohol suitable for genetic analysis. Those from the other three tows were first split in a Folsom splitter (McEwen et al., 1954) and then one half was preserved in alcohol and the other half preserved in formalin. In the KAUST Red Sea Center laboratory, the euphausiids in the alcohol fraction of each of the stratified oblique samples were sorted using a dissecting stereomicroscope, identified using the Baker et al. (1990) guide, and counted.
The counts of each euphausiid species for each net were standardized to the number of individuals/1000m3 for each depth stratum using the volume filtered by each net. The cumulative percent abundance (Baker, 1970; Pennak, 1943) was calculated starting from the bottom of each tow (i.e., the bottom of the first depth stratum where a species occurred was assigned 0 percent and the top of the final depth stratum of occurrence was assigned 100%). Depth (m) values of 25%, 50%, and 75% occurrence were interpolated based on the cumulative curve.
- added conventional header with dataset name, PI name, version date
- renamed parameters to BCO-DMO standard
- replaced space with underscore
- replaced blank cells with nd
- added activity, ISO_DateTime_Local columns
- changed cast type from MOC1 to MOC.25
2016-04-22: to enable joining: krill_by_sp and krill_by_tow: Changed instrument (was called cast_type) from MOC.25 to MOC-25 and changed tow from m_25_00# to #.
2016-05-04: created a new dataset by joining 'MOCNESS tow metadata' and earlier version of 'Krill abundance by tow', then manually added hypertext links to the appropriate tow physical data from 'MOC_CTD_RedSea'.
|depth_tow_max||maximum depth of entire tow||meters|
|inst||type of gear: MOC.25 is a quarter-meter MOCNESS||unitless|
|tow||MOCNESS tow number||unitless|
|lat_start||latitude at start of tow; north is positive||decimal degrees|
|lat_end||latitude at end of tow; north is positive||decimal degrees|
|lon_start||longitude at end of tow; east is positive||decimal degrees|
|lon_end||longitude at end of tow; east is positive||decimal degrees|
|vol_filt||volume filtered||cubic meters|
|yrday_local_start||local year-day at start tow||unitless|
|yrday_local_end||local year-day at end tow||unitless|
|depth_open||depth at which net was opened||meters|
|depth_close||depth at which net was closeed||meters|
|time_start_local||local time at start of tow||HHMM|
|time_end_local||local time at end of tow||HHMM|
|samp_fraction_denom||denominator of split fraction. e.g. for 1/2 split - samp_fraction_denom is 2||unitless|
|depth_interval||depth strata sampled||meters|
|depth_mid||mid-depth sampled by net||meters|
|depth_max||maximum depth sampled by net||meters|
|E_diomedeae_cnt||Euphausia diomedeae raw counts||number in split|
|E_sibogae_cnt||Euphausia sibogae raw counts||number in split|
|E_sanzoi_cnt||Euphausia sanzoi raw counts||number in split|
|S_affine_cnt||Stylocheiron affine raw counts||number in split|
|S_abbreviatum_cnt||Stylocheiron abbreviatum raw counts||number in split|
|E_diomedeae_1000m3||Euphausia diomedeae abundance||number/1000m^3|
|E_sibogae_1000m3||Euphausia sibogae abundance||number/1000m^3|
|E_sanzoi_1000m3||Euphausia sanzoi abundance||number/1000m^3|
|S_affine_1000m3||Stylocheiron affine abundance||number/1000m^3|
|S_abbreviatum_1000m3||Stylocheiron abbreviatum abundance||number/1000m^3|
|Dataset-specific Instrument Name|| |
|Generic Instrument Name|| |
|Dataset-specific Description|| |
This MOCNESS sampled with either 5 or 6 nets, 200 micron mesh.
|Generic Instrument Description|| |
The Multiple Opening/Closing Net and Environmental Sensing System or MOCNESS is a family of net systems based on the Tucker Trawl principle. The MOCNESS-1/4 carries nine 1/4-m2 nets usually of 64 micrometer mesh and is used to sample the larger micro-zooplankton.
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Three day trips to sample krill at ECDEEP station near Economic City, Saudi Arabia, north of KAUST.
The krill population at station ECDEEP was characterized via MOCNESS sampling and CTD casts.
|King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST)|