is currently one of our largest and most exciting projects.
As its name implies, this study looks at how materials get
from the surface to the deep ocean. In fact, there are really
only two ways to get thereeither with ocean currents that
sink to the deep ocean, but that takes place only in a few
regions near the Arctic and Antarctic, or hitching a ride
on sinking particles, and it’s the sinking particle
story that VERTIGO is all about.
Many basic questions such as these will be addressed by this
international, interdisciplinary team of ocean scientists.
- Where do marine particles come from?
- How do marine plants and
animals create and destroy particles in the ocean?
- How quickly
do particles sink? How deep do they go?
- Are all marine particles
- And what is the marine “snow” forecast?
This Web site was set up so we were able to post VERTIGO cruise
updates from our June 20 – July 11, 2004 work on the
University of Hawaii research vessel Kilo Moana and
provide general information about our project. The site we
went to north of the island of Oahu, is one of the most intensively
studied pieces of ocean real estate. It is the location of
the U.S. Hawaii
program where for the past 16 years marine scientists have
been studying the ocean and the seasonal cycles of marine
plants and animals, and how they impact the chemistry of the
waters they live in.
U.S. Hawaii Ocean Time-series (HOT) Program Web site
VERTIGO has been supported primarily by the U.S. National Science
Foundation in collaboration with the Antarctic Climate &
Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre, the U.S. Department
of Energy, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and the Fund
for Scientific Research - Flanders (Belgium) and other national
and international sponsors.
VERTIGO Research Project
For more information, please see the VERTIGO