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MITAS - 2009 Expedition US Beaufort Shelf Slope of Alaska - Lithostratigraphy

The volume of methane released through the Arctic Ocean to the atmosphere and its potential role in the global climate cycle has increasingly become the focus of studies seeking to understand the source and origin of this methane. In 2009, an international, multi-disciplinary science party aboard the U.S. Coast Guard icebreaker Polar Sea successfully completed a trans-U.S. Beaufort shelf expedition aimed at understanding the sources and volumes of methane across this region. Following more than a year of preliminary cruise planning and a thorough site evaluation, the Methane in the Arctic Shelf/Slope (MITAS) expedition departed from the waters off the coast of Barrow, Alaska in September 2009. The expedition, led by researchers with the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ), and the U.S. Department of Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), was organized with an international shipboard science team consisting of 33 scientists with the breadth of expertise necessary to meet the expedition goals. NETL researchers led the expeditions initial core processing and lithostratigraphic evaluations, which are the focus of this report. A full expedition summary is available at in First Trans-Shelf-Slope Climate Study in the U.S. Beaufort Sea Completed by Coffin et al.,( 2010).

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Sponsor Organization USDOE Office of Fossil Energy (FE)
Contact Organization National Energy Technology Laboratory
DOE Contract Number DOE FE NETL Hydrates FWP FY10
DOI Number 10.18141/1418810

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Last Updated February 22, 2021, 13:15 (EST)
Created October 19, 2015, 12:50 (EST)
Citation Rose, K., Johnson, J. E., Phillips, S. C., Smith, J., Reed, A., Disenhof, C., and J. Presley. MITAS - 2009 Expedition US Beaufort Shelf Slope of Alaska – Lithostratigraphy. NETL Energy Data eXchange. DOI#10.18141/1418810.
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Point Of Contact Kelly Rose
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Publication Date 2012-8-23
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