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EXPORTS Field Campaign, August 2018

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The goal of EXPORTS is to track the fate of ocean carbon and study its implications for Earth's carbon cycle. EXPORTS will use advanced ocean observing tools and satellite observations to build a more complete picture of these complex processes. Understanding the location and characteristics of phytoplankton is key to discovering their role in the ocean ecosystem. A second EXPORTS field campaign is scheduled for the North Atlantic in Spring 2021.
Steve Pike and Claudia Benitez-Nelson prepare filtration pumps for deployment
Pumps and Filters
Scientist Yuanheng Xion (UND) readies niskin bottles for a CTD cast
Sampling in the Gulf of Alaska
EXPORTS researchers retrieve an NBST
NBST Retrieval
Recovering an NBST at night
Nighttime Recovery
The tops of NBSTs showing the opening through which marine snow drifts
Scientists prepare to deploy a Conductivity, Temperature, and Depth (CTD) instrument
CTD Deployment
WHOI Marine Chemist Ken Buesseler (right) deploys a sediment trap
Sediment Trap Deployment
The MOCNESS is deployed
MOCNESS Deployment
The EXPORTS team deploys a Marine Snow Catcher
Catching Snow
Sampling tubes in the hydro lab
Sampling Tubes
Dr. Norm Nelson, Co-chief Scientist of the R/V Sally Ride
R/V Sally Ride Tour
Ship-based radiometers
Ship-based Radiometers
Phytoplankton incubators
Phytoplankton Incubators
An enclosed, air-tight "bubble" in which to work
Working in a Bubble
Scientists affiliated with the NASA EXPORTS field campaign discuss the upcoming mission
Stewards of the Earth
Members of the EXPORTS team are shown on digital trading cards
Collect ’Em All!
Participants from a NASA social media event pose by the R/V Sally Ride
Group Shot
EXPORTS scientists prepare an IFC for operation
Imaging Flow Cytobots
Dr. Melissa Omand assembles a Wirewalker
Neutrally Buoyant Sediment Traps (NBSTS) collect particles falling toward the sea floor
Neutrally Buoyant Sediment Traps
Sentinel-2A view of Seattle, WA
A Satellite’s View of Seattle
Dr. Emmanuel Boss readies an Underwater Vision Profiler for sample collection
Underwater Vision Profilers
Satellite image of milky blue waters near Prince of Wales Island, AK
Coccolithophore Bloom
Collage of plankton
A Plethora of Phytoplankton
The R/V Roger Revelle (top) and the R/V Sally Ride (bottom)
EXPORTS Research Vessels
This illustration links the ocean biological pump and pelagic food web
Linking Pump and Web
Location of phytoplankton using a high-resolution model
Global Phytoplankton Model
EXPORTS Field Campaign logo
The EXPORTS Field Campaign