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EXPORTS Field Campaign

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The goal of EXPORTS is to track the fate of ocean carbon and study its implications for EarthÂ’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. The field campaign took place in August 2018 in the North Pacific and Spring 2020 in the North Atlantic.
EXPORTS Field Campaign logo
The EXPORTS Field Campaign
Location of phytoplankton using a high-resolution model
Global Phytoplankton Model
This illustration links the ocean biological pump and pelagic food web
Linking Pump and Web
The R/V Roger Revelle (top) and the R/V Sally Ride (bottom)
EXPORTS Research Vessels
Collage of plankton
A Plethora of Phytoplankton
Satellite image of milky blue waters near Prince of Wales Island, AK
Coccolithophore Bloom
Dr. Emmanuel Boss readies an Underwater Vision Profiler for sample collection
Underwater Vision Profilers
Sentinel-2A view of Seattle, WA
A Satellite’s View of Seattle
Neutrally Buoyant Sediment Traps (NBSTS) collect particles falling toward the sea floor
Neutrally Buoyant Sediment Traps
Dr. Melissa Omand assembles a Wirewalker
EXPORTS scientists prepare an IFC for operation
Imaging Flow Cytobots
Participants from a NASA social media event pose by the R/V Sally Ride
Group Shot
Members of the EXPORTS team are shown on digital trading cards
Collect ’Em All!
Scientists affiliated with the NASA EXPORTS field campaign discuss the upcoming mission
Stewards of the Earth
An enclosed, air-tight "bubble" in which to work
Working in a Bubble
Phytoplankton incubators
Phytoplankton Incubators
Ship-based radiometers
Ship-based Radiometers
Dr. Norm Nelson, Co-chief Scientist of the R/V Sally Ride
R/V Sally Ride Tour
Sampling tubes in the hydro lab
Sampling Tubes
The EXPORTS team deploys a Marine Snow Catcher
Catching Snow
The MOCNESS is deployed
MOCNESS Deployment
WHOI Marine Chemist Ken Buesseler (right) deploys a sediment trap
Sediment Trap Deployment
Scientists prepare to deploy a Conductivity, Temperature, and Depth (CTD) instrument
CTD Deployment
The tops of NBSTs showing the opening through which marine snow drifts
Recovering an NBST at night
Nighttime Recovery
EXPORTS researchers retrieve an NBST
NBST Retrieval
Scientist Yuanheng Xion (UND) readies niskin bottles for a CTD cast
Sampling in the Gulf of Alaska
Steve Pike and Claudia Benitez-Nelson prepare filtration pumps for deployment
Pumps and Filters