An Imaging FlowCytobot (IFCB) was among the ship-board laboratory instruments deployed in a recent North Atlantic Aerosols and Marine Ecosystems Study (NAAMES) cruise. University of Maine scientists Emmanuel Boss, Lee Karp-Boss and graduate student Nils Haentjens used an IFCB to collect over 1.4 million high resolution images of individual chlorophyll containing particles. The NAAMES goal is to resolve key processes controlling ocean system function, their influences on atmospheric aerosols and clouds and their implications for climate.
During the 28 day expedition aboard the R/V Atlantis, researchers used targeted ship and aircraft measurement campaigns combined with continuous satellite and in situ ocean instruments, to examine the annual cycle of phytoplankton and the impact that small airborne particles emitted from the ocean have on the climate-sensitive North Atlantic. The University of Maine investigators are now examining the IFCB data quantitatively to compare with other measurements. Many different kinds of diatoms and silica flagellates were observed.