MoMAR-D: a technological challenge to monitor the dynamics of the Lucky Strike vent ecosystem

Type Article
Date 2011-01
Language English
Author(s) Colaco Ana1, Blandin Jerome2, Cannat M.3, Carval ThierryORCID2, Chavagnac V.4, Connelly D.5, Fabian M.6, Ghiron S.7, Goslin Jean8, Miranda J. M.9, Reverdin G.10, Sarrazin JozeeORCID2, Waldmann C.6, Sarradin Pierre-MarieORCID2
Affiliation(s) 1 : Univ Azores, IMAR, Dept Oceanog & Fisheries, P-9901862 Horta, Portugal.
2 : IFREMER, Ctr Brest, F-29280 Plouzane, France.
3 : Inst Phys Globe, CNRS, UMR 7154, F-75252 Paris, France.
4 : Univ Toulouse 3, IRD Observ Midi Pyrenees, CNRS, LMTG,UMR 5563,UR 154, F-31400 Toulouse, France.
5 : Univ Southampton, Natl Oceanog Ctr, Southampton SO14 3ZH, Hants, England.
6 : Univ Bremen Marum, D-28359 Bremen, Germany.
7 : Oceanopolis Port Plaisance Moulin Blanc, Brest 1, France.
8 : Univ Bretagne Occidentale, Inst Univ Europeen Mer, CNRS, UMR 6538, F-29280 Plouzane, France.
9 : Univ Lisbon, FFCUL, CGULCtr Geofis, P-1250102 Lisbon, Portugal.
10 : Univ Paris 06, MNHN, Inst Pierre Simon Laplace, Lab Oceanog & Climat Experimentat & Approches Num, F-75252 Paris 05, France.
Source Ices Journal Of Marine Science (1054-3139) (Oxford Univ Press), 2011-01 , Vol. 68 , N. 2 , P. 416-424
DOI 10.1093/icesjms/fsq075
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Keyword(s) hydrothermal vents, long-term studies, Lucky Strike vent field, MoMAR, monitoring experiments, ocean observatories, technical infrastructure
Abstract The MoMAR (monitoring the Mid-Atlantic Ridge) project was initiated in 1998 by the InterRidge programme to promote and coordinate long-term multidisciplinary monitoring of hydrothermal vents at the Mid-Atlantic Ridge (MAR). The major objective of the project is to study vent ecosystem dynamics using a multidisciplinary approach from geophysics to microbiology over a period of a few decades. MoMAR-D is a demonstration project of MoMAR, partially funded by the European network of excellence ESONET ( MoMAR-D aims to deploy and manage a multidisciplinary observing system at the Lucky Strike vent field for 1 year. This large hydrothermal field is located at the centre of one of the most volcanically active segments of the MAR. The project has been set up to monitor this region to capture evidence of volcanic events, observe interactions between faulting, magmatism, and hydrothermal circulations, and to evaluate the potential impacts of these environmental factors on the unusual communities colonizing hydrothermal vents. The MoMAR-D infrastructure consists of two sea monitoring nodes (SEAMON) acoustically linked to a surface buoy with satellite communication to a land-based station. The first node will be mainly dedicated to geophysical studies, whereas the second will focus on ecological studies and chemical fluxes. The infrastructure should have been deployed in September 2010 during the MoMARSAT cruise.
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Colaco Ana, Blandin Jerome, Cannat M., Carval Thierry, Chavagnac V., Connelly D., Fabian M., Ghiron S., Goslin Jean, Miranda J. M., Reverdin G., Sarrazin Jozee, Waldmann C., Sarradin Pierre-Marie (2011). MoMAR-D: a technological challenge to monitor the dynamics of the Lucky Strike vent ecosystem. Ices Journal Of Marine Science, 68(2), 416-424. Publisher's official version : , Open Access version :