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[MIS33-11] Long term monitoring of bottom environments off Ohtsuchi Bay
Keywords:sea floor, long term monitoring, earthquake, benthic habitat
For the monitoring, two monitoring stations were constructed to mount ADCP-CTD-DO-turbidity sensors (Aanderaa RDCP600), combinations of LED light, HDTV camera and lithium-ion battery (handmade) on a titanium frame. The hydrodynamic and chemical data were acquired every one hour interval. The still images were taken every day and the 4.5 minutes videos were recorded every week, respectively. The station was deployed at 300 m depth from 2013/3/12. Although this station was unexpectedly captured by a trawling boat, the data and the photographs recorded for five and half months were recovered. At 998 m depth, the other station was deployed from 2012/8/12, and it was safely recovered during R/V Natsushima NT13-21 cruise.
At 300 m depth, dominated current direction was NNE to SSW. The 25 hours averaged current intensity was 0-30 cm/sec. Decrease of water temperature from 8 to 2 oC was observed on May/2013. Salinity decrease from 33.3 to 32.8 was also synchronized with the temperature variation. These changes seemed to reflect contribution of Oyashio water. Dissolved oxygen (DO) ranged from 290~250 μM, but it was suddenly decreased to ~100 μM, and recovered in a few hours to a few days. Turbidity showed increased trend in a short time on April to May/2013, reflecting phytoplankton blooming observed by remote sensing. This period, strong turbidity by marine-snow was also recorded by the camera. Photographs taken at the sea floor recorded high density habitats of brittle star. A few fishes and other organisms (sea anemone etc.), were also observed.
At 998 m depth, dominated current direction was also NNE-SSW. The averaged intensity was 0~15 cm/sec. Water temperature was 3 oC and the salinity was 34, which ranged almost constant values throughout the deployment. DO was 25~29 μM, indicating just in the DO minimum zone. Turbidity was increased after Feb/2013, but it seemed to reflect biofauling, because bottom water was not turbid from the photographs.
On 2012/12/7, strong earthquake (M=7.3) supposed as an aftershock of the Tohoku earthquake occurred. The camera recorded the turbulences of sea floor and benthic habitats. Turbidity was intensified just after the earthquake and brittle stars were buried. However, the turbidity and the activity of the benthic habitats were recovered quickly and the effect of the earthquake seemed to be small for the organisms.