CASSANDRA Title: AdvanCing knowledge on the present Arctic Ocean by chemical-phySical, biogeochemical and biological obServAtioNs to preDict the futuRe chAnges
Principal Investigator ISP: Maurizio Azzaro
Research Unit Leader ISP: Maurizio Azzaro
Leading Institution: Institute of Polar Sciences (CNR-ISP)
Funding: Ministry for University and Research - Artic Research Program (MUR-PRA)
Period of activity: 2021 - 2023

Cruise Report Cassandra (2021)

The CASSANDRA project aims to quantify the current state of the physical, chemical, biological and biogeochemical systems of a 75° N subarctic historical transept crossing a cyclonic gyre of the Greenland Sea. The Italian project CASSANDRA is part of the international framework of the Synoptic Arctic Survey which seeks to collect oceanographic data in the Arctic Ocean in the two-year period 2020-2021 involving the coordination of many research vessels belonging to different nations. The aim is to determine the current state and major ongoing changes in the Arctic marine system by generating an oceanographic dataset that allows for a comprehensive characterization of Arctic hydrography and circulation, carbon uptake and ocean acidification, the distribution of possible pollutants, the functioning and productivity of organisms and ecosystems.

Project Partners
• Istituto Nazionale di Oceanografia e di Geofisica Sperimentale - OGS (Italy)
Synoptic Arctic Survey

Figures (Credits Cassandra Project)
• F1 Bioaerosol sampling
• F2 Details of the laboratory on board
• F3 Sampling by Manta
• F4 Team of participants in the CASSANDRA Cruise from 29 August to 14 September 2021
• F5 Sampling by Rosette

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L'Italia e l’Artico
L’Italia e l’Antartide

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