About this Workshop
Mid-ocean ridges are dynamic environments where globally significant chemical, biological and heat fluxes occur between the lithosphere and hydrosphere. Investigations of mid-ocean ridge hydrothermal systems are inherently interdisciplinary, reflecting the complex linkages between geological, biological, chemical, and physical processes. The Endeavour Segment of the Juan de Fuca Ridge has been monitored on NEPTUNE Canada’s network for over three years. The funded CFI proposal “Biogeochemical monitoring of mid-ocean ridge axis processes using the NEPTUNE Canada cabled observatory” (Coogan, et al.) proposes to “seize on the potential provided by the NC cabled observatory by comprehensively instrumenting three active hydrothermal vent fields, distributed over >5 km, along the mid-ocean ridge.” The proposal describes expanded instrumentation and cabling at Main Endeavour Field, Mothra and High Rise, including water samplers, chemical samplers, cameras and sediment traps.
The purpose of this workshop was to bring together contributors to the proposal in order to plan the next steps in realizing the objectives of the proposal. Goals include:
- Finalize target instrument lists for each site
- Determining true costs of each instrument installation
- Develop a prioritized list of instrumentation based on current capabilities and availability
- Refine the timeline for instrument deployment
- Discuss current cable status and explore options for cable requirements
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