[ATT42-P01] Applications of flying boat for ocean time-series observations
Keywords:oceanography, flying boat observation, time-series observation, biogeochemical processes
A flying boat can arrive to a sampling station in the open ocean more quickly than research vessels. Flying boats cannot be as extensively equipped with instruments as research vessels, but observations made from a flying boat are able to cover periods of time when ship observations are impossible. Thus, flying boats could enable collection of important time-series data on foundational biogeochemical observations that are easy to measure in the surface (euphotic) layer. Furthermore, a flying boat would allow investigation of moving phenomenon, which are difficult to track using traditional observation methods. For example, high primary productivity in cyclonic eddies are thought to be caused by nutrients supply associated with heaving of isopycnal surface. However, time-series observations of a moving eddy are challenging to obtain. A flying boat could permit high-resolution observations made from inside an eddy (with the location of the eddy estimate from sea surface height data). Overall, we believe that a flying boat for ocean observation would enable the collection of higher resolution time-series datasets than is currently possible, thus improving understanding of short term variations in physical and biogeochemical processes in the global material cycle.