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Biogeochemical Exchange Processes at the Sea-Ice Interfaces (BEPSII)

BEPSII logoSian Henley is compiling an Antarctic fast-ice nutrient database along with Francois Fripiat, Klaus Meiners, Stefano Cozzi and Martin Vancoppenolle, within the framework of the BEPSII research community (CliC, SCAR, IASC and SOLAS).

The overarching objective is to produce a database of nutrient concentration and relevant auxilliary data from land-fast sea ice in Antarctica and write an overview paper with all data contributors/holders as co-authors. This paper would be similar to and follow on from Fripiat et al. 2017 (, which focused on macronutrients in Antarctic pack ice. Once collected and compiled, the data will be publicly available in one database, most likely associated with the ASPeCt database held by the AAD. We anticipate that these data will be used for model evaluation and the organisers hope that the database will continue to grow in future as more data become available. If you would like to contribute data to this initiative, please use this spreadsheet, save your sheet according to the title format given (date_project_station_type), and send it to Sian at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Data submissions should be sent by the beginning of September. Data analysis, interpretation and paper writing is planned for the autumn/fall semester with a view to submission around the end of the year. If you would like to contribute
data, but this timeframe is problematic, please contact Sian.

Note that if you have already supplied your data to Francois, Martin or Klaus for this initiative, there is no need to resend. If you are not sure whether your data are already included, please feel free to email and ask.

Spreadsheet for submission.

Biogeochemical Exchange Processes at Sea Ice Interfaces (BEPSII) is an open network for international knowledge exchange, supported by the Surface Ocean Lower Atmosphere Study (SOLAS), the Climate and Cryosphere program (CliC), the Scientific Committee of Antarctic Research (SCAR), and the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC).