The Continuous Plankton Recorder (CPR) survey is one of the most well established autonomous observing systems covering the North Atlantic basin-scale over multiple decades. It has 80 years of experience with working with the commercial shipping industry and is an established platform providing a global network of Ships of Opportunity for scientific research. The CPR survey currently collects samples covering a distance of 20,000 km in the major ecoregions of the North Atlantic every month. It has been observing over 500 biological variables over a sixty year period as well as a number of physical variables. There is an increasing need to monitor the marine environment for legislative reasons (e.g. MSDF Good Environmental Status targets) and at reduced costs using autonomous methods. Therefore, there are obviously huge cost benefits in incorporating new technologies and sensors into existing infrastructures like the CPR survey to optimize and enhance the Atlantic observing system. SAHFOS already has good interlinkage between its observations and other SOOP activities such as Carbon VOS for example.
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