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Zooplankton were collected during the winter-spring transition during two cruises of the Aurora Australis: SIPEX in 2007 and SIPEX II in 2012. As part of the collections sea ice cores were collected to describe the ice habitat during the period of zooplankton collections. Ice cores were taken with a 20 cm diameter SIPRE corer and sectioned in the field with an ice core. Temperature was measured in the section using a spike thermometer and slivers of each section were melted without filtered water to record salinity. The remainders of each section were melted at 4oC in filtered seawater and the melted water was used to measure chlorophyll a concentration, and meiofauna species and abundance.
The data were used to describe the habitat available to the meiofauna in each year, as well as provide general descriptions of the sea ice cover in each region where zooplankton were collected from the water column.
No problems were encountered with data collection.
Please quote AAS grant 4140 if you use these data and consider referencing
Wallis, J.R., Swadling, K.M., Everett J.D., Suthers, I.M., Jones, H.J., Buchanan, P.J., Crawford, C.M., James, L.C., Johnson, R., Meiners, K.M., Virtue, P., Westwood, K., and Kawaguchi, S. (2015) Zooplankton abundance and biomass size spectra in the East Antarctic sea ice zone during the winter-spring transition. Deep-Sea Research II 131: 170-181
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