BOUM - Primary production and organic pump in the Mediterranean

The BOUM oceanic cruise was undertake between June 16 and July 20, 2008 in the western and eastern Mediterranean Sea on board the R/V L’Atalante.

This project aimed to give a longitudinal description of the biogeochemistry and biological diversity of the Mediterranean Sea and to produce a detailed study of the biological production and its subsequent fate in three sites. These distinct ecosystems represented, on a regional scale, the main oceanographic features found in contrasting environments in the oligotrophic ocean as a whole.

Most of the results have been published in a special issue from the European Biogeosciences revue: Interactions between planktonic organisms and the biogeochemical cycles of biogenic elements in the Mediterranean Sea during intense summer stratification: the BOUM experiment.

Editor(s): T. Moutin, L. Prieur, C. Jeanthon, and A. V. Borges


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