Undersea Hunter hosted the latest UCR-UNA-Coco-VI Expedition from July 6-18 2012. The crew of Undersea Hunter and the researchers worked together to fulfill the goals of the trip. Here is a translation of some of the goals of the trip, but you can download and read the full report on PDF.
1) To characterize the physical parameters of the waters adjacent to Cocos Island National Park and study its relationship with the dynamics of the Eastern Pacific.
2) To characterize the chemical parameters of waters adjacent to Cocos Island National Park and study its relationship with the dynamics of the Eastern Pacific.
3) To determine the physical parameters of the atmosphere of Cocos Island National Park and study its relationship with the dynamics of the tropical Pacific Ocean east.
4) Determine quality and quantity of marine biodiversity of Cocos Island National Park.
5) Plankton Study: composition, abundance, biomass and distribution
6) Develop a methodological approach to identify and assess the impacts of climate change on socio-economic activities developed in and around the Cocos Island National Park.
The specific objectives of this weeks expedition:
a. Get information on the main physio-chemical parameters of the water column along the defined transects in Fig. 1.
b. Characterize the major water masses around Cocos Island.
c. Describe the thermohaline conditions and estimate the geostrophic current fields and heat and mass transport along the transepts to make.
d. Measure the velocity fields using acoustic current meter.
e. To study the plankton in the ocean environments of Costa Rica.
f. Establish a baseline for assessing climate change.
The Oceanographic Expedition to the Exclusive Economic Zone of Costa Rica, from 6 to 14 July, 2012, was extremely successful. The help we received from the Crew of the Undersea Hunter was fundamental for the accomplishment of our scientific objectives.