Surface plankton samples were collected during CONCORDE cruise PTS02 (March 30th-April 12th, 2016) using a Neuston (1 x 2 m frame) fitted with a 505-µm mesh net. The Neuston was fished for 10-minutes at the air-sea interface between the Chandeleur Islands and the Alabama/Florida border to assess the horizontal distribution of plankton under high freshwater discharge conditions characteristic of the Spring.
Hernandez, Frank, Culpepper, Carla, Deary, Alison. 2017. Neuston sample collection data in the northern Gulf of Mexico, cruise PTS02, March - April 2016. Distributed by: Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative Information and Data Cooperative (GRIIDC), Harte Research Institute, Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi. doi:10.7266/N79C6VSX
The intent of this data set is to describe the station information and field conditions for each neuston sample collected during the Spring CONCORDE field campaign (March-April 2016).
Data Parameters and Units:
Read Me File Tab: Contains additional information about data in "Station and Field Data" tab NOAA NODC Codes Tab: Contains NOAA Codes reference in "Station and Field Data" tab Start Latitude for Tow Number 37 incorrect in data file. Should be 29 degrees, not 19 degrees. Station and Field Data Tab: Cruise, Tow Number, Sample Date (UTC), Station, CONCORDE Sample Number, Water Depth (m), Wind Speed (NOAA Code), Wind Direction (NOAA Code), Sea State (NOAA Code), Weather State (NOAA Code), Start Time (UTC), Start Latitude (Degrees, Decimal Minutes), Start Longitude (Degrees, Decimal Minutes), End Time (UTC), End Latitude (Degrees, Decimal Minutes), End Longitude (Degrees, Decimal Minutes), Standardized Tow Time (MM:SS), Mesh Size (um)