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Malaspina 2010, the biggest ever expedition on global change, sets sail
Date:12/15/2010

he launch of 19 Argo buoys which will measure the ocean's temperature and salinity, in 10-day cycles, from the surface down to a depth of 2000 metres, many of them in zones that have never been monitored. A further 20 buoys will be launched, designed specifically for the project, which will measure the salinity at a depth of 50 centimetres and send the data via the SMOS satellite. This will enable the first satellite map of marine salinity to be charted, through a collaboration between the Malaspina project and the European Space Agency.

The project also involved the design and patenting of an innovative new oceanographic sample bottle that enables marine plankton samples to be taken at depths of down to 4,000 metres. The bottle can be fitted in the usual CTD or frame structure in which oceanographic sample bottles are held.

The samples taken will go to make up the Malaspina 2010 Collection, which will also include information and images describing the progress of the expedition. A set of samples will be sealed and stored for several decades as a time capsule awaiting new scientific developments and so as to bequeath future generations an extensive collection of material for research and for use in developing new techniques.

The project also aims to stimulate marine sciences in Spain and to encourage young people to take up a career in science. Indeed, over 50 young people will be completing their postgraduate studies, embarking on a section of the survey in order to collect information for their masters' dissertation or doctoral thesis through the Programa de Doctorado Expedicin Malaspina Fundacin BBVA-CSIC programme, jointly funded by the two institutions.

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The expedition, of which the full name is Expedicin de Circunnavegacin Malaspina 2010: Cambio Global y Exploracin de la Biodiversidad del Ocano Global (Malaspina Circumnavegation Expedition 2010: Global Change and Exp
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Contact: Ainhoa Goi
ainhoag@orgc.csic.es
0034-638-480-456
CSIC, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientficas
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