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[MIS24-11] Distribution of atmospheric gas concentration in eastern margin of Japan Sea: A preliminary report from the 7K14 cruises
Keywords:shallow gas hydrates, methane gas, distribution of gas concentration
We used the R/V Kaiyo-Maru No.7 (Kaiyo Engineering Co., Ltd., Japan) for the survey in the Oki Trough and offshore Akita-Yamagata (Mogami Trough) from mid April to early June 2014. Continuous measurement of atmospheric CH4 was performed on the ship using a wave-length-scanned cavity ring-down spectrometer (WS-CRDS) (model G2201-i, Picarro Inc., USA). Air sample was collected from an air intake at the top deck of the ship using an air pump placed in the observation room. To our experience, the ship sailed at approximately 6 knot. Location data were obtained from the nautical GPS.
Observed CH4 concentration over the sea surface was not uniform in Mogami Trough, while mostly uniform throughout the Oki Trough. In addition, there was a tendency that CH4 concentration in Mogami Trough was higher than that in Oki Trough.
This research was a part of METI's project entitled "FY2014 Promoting research and development on methane hydrate".