20 Years of the Atlantic Meridional Transect

20 Years of the Atlantic Meridional Transect


A new paper has been published this week in Limnology and Oceanography Bulletin celebrating 20 years of the Atlantic Meridional Transect—AMT research programme. 

AMT is a multidisciplinary programme which undertakes biological, chemical, and physical oceanographic research during an annual voyage between the UK and a destination in the South Atlantic such as the Falkland Islands, South Africa, or Chile. This transect of over 12,000 km crosses a range of ecosystems from subpolar to tropical, from euphotic shelf seas and upwelling systems, to oligotrophic mid-ocean gyres.

The year 2015 has seen two milestones in the history of AMT: the achievement of 20 years of this unique ocean going programme and the departure of the 25th cruise on the 15th of September. Both of these events were celebrated in June this year with an open science conference hosted by PML and will be further documented in a special issue of Progress in Oceanography which is planned for publication in 2016. Since 1995, the 25 research cruises have involved 242 sea-going scientists from 66 institutes representing 22 countries.

AMT is a collaborative programme coordinated and led by PML in collaboration with the National Oceanography Centre and is now funded by the Natural Environment Research Council's National Capability.

The most recent voyage, AMT 25, reached its conclusion in the Falkland Islands on the 3rd November and cruise scientists have now returned to UK shores. You can look back over some of the highlights of its journey via the AMT blog.

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