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KORUS-OC Field Campaign

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Korea - United States Ocean Color (KORUS-OC) is an oceanographic field study conducted in conjunction with the Korea - United States Air Quality (KORUS-AQ) campaign. Led by NASA and the Korean Institute of Ocean Science and Technology (KIOST), KORUS-OC will focus on the links between satellite- and ship-based measurements of ocean color, biology and biogeochemistry, along with the composition of coastal waters adjacent to the Republic of Korea. KORUS-OC's hands-on training will build stronger ocean optics capabilities among participating scientists while providing oceanographic validation data for the Korean Geostationary Ocean Color Imager satellite. The field campaign took place from May 20 to June 6, 2016.
Logo for the Korea - United States Ocean Color (KORUS-OC) Study
The KORUS-OC Study
Chlorophyll-a distribution in waters off the Korean peninsula
Chlorophyll Distribution (2011)
The R/V Onnuri
R/V Onnuri Awaits Crew and Cargo
Scientists discuss the combined ship-based and airborne tracks for the field campaign
Cruise Route
The loading process for the KORUS-OC field campaigns begins
Loading Begins
Multiple vehicles bearing scientific equipment queue for boarding
Queuing Up
Scientific equipment is organized dockside
Organizing Equipment
Containers of KORUS-OC field campaign equipment
Destination: South Korea
Onboard cranes lift heavy equipment onto the deck of the R/V Onnuri
Crane Lift
Containers are carefully hoisted on board the R/V Onnuri
Loading Continues
Waves break over the bow of the RV Onnuri in rough seas
Rough Seas
Deploying instruments in the Yangtze River plume
Instrument Deployment in the Yangtze
Noctiluca cells from the Yangtze River plume
Noctiluca Cells
Chlorophyll concentrations in the waters off South Korea
Chlorophyll Distribution (2016)
R/V Onnuri and R/V Eardo in port
Back in Port
Offloading equipment after the KORUS-OC field campaign
Offloading Equipment
U.S. scientists pose for a final photo with the KIOST team
The Biological Oceanography Team