Type Oceanographic cruise
Ship Alis
Ship owner IRD
Dates 01/09/2012 - 15/09/2012
Chief scientist(s) MAES Christophe ORCID


Centre Ifremer Bretagne

ZI Pointe du Diable

CS 10070

29280 Plouzané

+33 (0)2 98 22 42 76

DOI 10.17600/12100100

Determining the mass transport of the 0-2,000 m water column associated with the North Caledonian Jet at its bifurcation on the Queensland plateau, vertical description of hydrological characteristics (Temperature, Salinity and dissolved oxygen concentration) in the 0-2,000 m water column of waters transported by the North Caledonian Jet at the Queensland plateau, determination of mass transport and description of hydrological characteristics of water bodies transiting from either side of the Queensland plateau, studying ocean circulation to the north of the Chesterfield islands reefs with the identification of water bodies to determine to what extent these water come from those transported by the NCJ, continuous description (depending on float movements) of hydrological characteristics (Temperature, Salinity and dissolved oxygen concentration) of the water column from 0-2,000 m in the region between New Caledonia and the Queensland plateau and marine biogeochemical measurements of nitrogen-fixing organisms. The related project is SOLWARA-SPICE.

Data managed by SISMER



Barbot SimonORCID, Petrenko Anne, Maes Christophe (2018). Intermediate water flows in the western South Pacific: as revealed by individual Argo floats trajectories and a model re-analysis. Biogeosciences, 15(13), 4103-4124. Publisher's official version : , Open Access version :

Rousselet L., Doglioli A. M., Maes C., Blanke Bruno, Petrenko A. A. (2016). Impacts of mesoscale activity on the water masses and circulation in the Coral Sea. Journal Of Geophysical Research-oceans, 121(10), 7277-7289. Publisher's official version : , Open Access version :

Bonnet Sophie, Rodier Martine, Turk-Kubo Kendra A., Germineaud Cyril, Menkes Christophe, Ganachaud Alexandre, Cravatte Sophie, Raimbault Patrick, Campbell Ellen, Queroue Fabien, Sarthou Geraldine, Desnues Anne, Maes Christophe, Eldin Gerard (2015). Contrasted geographical distribution of N2 fixation rates and nifH phylotypes in the Coral and Solomon Seas (southwestern Pacific) during austral winter conditions. Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 29(11), 1874-1892.

Maes Christophe, Blanke Bruno (2015). Tracking the origins of plastic debris across the Coral Sea: A case study from the Ouvéa Island, New Caledonia. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 97(1-2), 160-168. Publisher's official version : , Open Access version :

Cravatte Sophie, Kestenare Elodie, Eldin Gerard, Ganachaud Alexandre, Lefevre Jerome, Marin Frederic, Menkes Christophe, Aucan Jerome (2015). Regional circulation around New Caledonia from two decades of observations. Journal Of Marine Systems, 148, 249-271.

Ganachaud A., Cravatte S., Melet A., Schiller A., Holbrook N. J., Sloyan B. M., Widlansky M. J., Bowen M., Verron J., Wiles P., Ridgway K., Sutton P., Sprintall J., Steinberg C., Brassington G., Cai W., Davis R., Gasparin F., Gourdeau L., Hasegawa T., Kessler W., Maes C., Takahashi K., Richards K. J., Send U. (2014). The Southwest Pacific Ocean circulation and climate experiment (SPICE). Journal Of Geophysical Research-oceans, 119(11), 7660-7686. Publisher's official version : , Open Access version :

Gasparin Florent, Maes Christophe, Sudre Joel, Garcon Veronique, Ganachaud Alexandre (2014). Water mass analysis of the Coral Sea through an Optimum Multiparameter method. Journal Of Geophysical Research-oceans, 119(10), 7229-7244. Publisher's official version : , Open Access version :

Kessler William S., Cravatte Sophie (2013). Mean circulation of the Coral Sea. Journal Of Geophysical Research-oceans, 118(12), 6385-6410. Publisher's official version : , Open Access version :

Gasparin Florent, Ganachaud Alexandre, Maes Christophe (2011). A western boundary current east of New Caledonia: Observed characteristics. Deep-sea Research Part I-oceanographic Research Papers, 58(9), 956-969.

Gourdeau Lionel, Kessler William S., Davis Russ E., Sherman Jeff, Maes Christophe, Kestenare Elodie (2008). Zonal jets entering the coral sea. Journal Of Physical Oceanography, 38(3), 715-725.

Maes Christophe, Gourdeau Lionel, Couvelard Xavier, Ganachaud Alexandre (2007). What are the origins of the Antarctic Intermediate Waters transported by the North Caledonian Jet? Geophysical Research Letters, 34(21), -.

Ridgway Kr, Dunn Jr (2003). Mesoscale structure of the mean East Australian Current System and its relationship with topography. Progress In Oceanography, 56(2), 189-222.

Sokolov S, Rintoul S (2000). Circulation and water masses of the southwest Pacific: WOCE Section P11, Papua New Guinea to Tasmania. Journal Of Marine Research, 58(2), 223-268.

Tomczak M, Hao D (1989). Water masses in the thermocline of the coral sea. Deep-sea Research Part A-oceanographic Research Papers, 36(10), 1503-1514.

References of Articles published in other Periodicals or Scientific Works acclaimed in the Field

Saout Grit Carole, Ganachaud Alexandre, Maes Christophe, Finot L, Jamet L, Baurand Francois, Grelet Jacques (2015). Calibration of CTD oxygen data collected in the Coral Sea during the 2012 BIFURCATION Cruise. Mercator Ocean - Quaterly Newsletter, (52), 34-38. Open Access version :

References of Technical Reports

Karthikeyan Vishnu, Collot Julien, Etienne Samuel, Loubrieu Benoit, Patriat MartinORCID, Vende-Leclerc Myriam, Tanguy Nina, Pertuisot CecileORCID, Soulard BenoitORCID (2022). Base de données de sondeurs multifaisceaux et modèles bathymétriques de la Nouvelle-Calédonie – hors lagon. SGNC-2022(12).

Maes et al., 2014, Rapport de la mission SECARGO à bord du N.O. L?Alis en mer des îles Loyauté. Internal report.

References of International Seminar Communications

Maes, C., F. Marin, S. Bonnet, A. Desnues, L. Finot and D. Varillon, Preliminary results of the cruise dedicated to the bifurcation of the North Caledonian Jet onto the Queensland Plateau in the Coral Sea, Abstract OS44B-04 presented (oral) at 2012 Fall Meeting, AGU, San Francisco, 3-7 December 2012.

Thesis using campaign data

Rousselet Louise (2018). Étude des circulations à (sous)mésoéchelle et de leur influence sur la distribution spatiale des éléments biogéochimiques et biologiques à l’aide de mesures in situ et satellites couplées physique-biogéochimie / Study of (sub)mesoscale circulations and their influences on the spatial distribution of biogeochemical/biological elements with coupled physical and biogeochemical in situ and satellite observations. PhD Thesis, Université Aix Marseille.

Gasparin, F., 2012 : Caractéristiques des masses d?eau, transport de masse et variabilité de la circulation océanique en mer de corail (Pacifique sud-ouest), thèse de doctorat de l?université Paul Sabatier - Toulouse III, soutenue le 12 décembre 2012.