Type Oceanographic cruise
Set This cruise is part of the set AMIGO
Ship Pourquoi pas ?
Ship owner Ifremer
Dates 10/05/2017 (La Seyne-sur-Mer) - 11/06/2017 (La Seyne-sur-Mer)
Chief scientist(s) GUIEU Cécile , DESBOEUFS Karine


181 chemin du Lazaret

06230 Villefranche-sur-Mer

DOI 10.17600/17000300
Objective The general objective of the PEACETIME ocean research cruise was to study the fundamental processes, and their interactions, that are brought into play by atmospheric deposits (especially Saharan dust) at the ocean-atmosphere interface in the Mediterranean, and to highlight the impact these processes have on the pelagic ecosystem's functioning. The map shows the planned leg in light grey and the actual leg in black. The strategy chosen to adapt the transect leg to atmospheric deposit forecasts made it possible for us to "chase" a Saharan event that we could study for 6 days (FAST station) to the south of the Balearic Islands and to the north of Algeria. After station 10, located the farthest east on our leg, we returned to the FAST station for one last "short" station before heading for La Seyne: during the entire leg, we continuously sampled the lower atmosphere and the ocean surface layer. Whenever possible (outside of French and Italian zones, Messina, Spanish territorial waters), we deployed the MVP. The related project is the MISTRALS Mediterranean study site (INSU) and its MERMEX and CHARMEX projects.

Data managed by SISMER

Sampling operations



Whitby Hannah, Bressac Matthieu, Sarthou Geraldine, Ellwood Michael J., Guieu Cécile, Boyd Philip W. (2020). Contribution of electroactive humic substances to the iron-binding ligands released during microbial remineralisation of sinking particles. Geophysical Research Letters, 47(7), e2019GL086685 (11p.). Publisher's official version : , Open Access version :

Tovar-Sanchez Antonio, Rodriguez-Romero Araceli, Engel Anja, Zancker Birthe, Fu Franck, Maranon Emilio, Perez-Lorenzo Maria, Bressac Matthieu, Wagener Thibault, Desboeufs Karine, Triquet Sylvain, Siour Guillaume, Guieu Cécile (2020). Characterizing the surface microlayer in the Mediterranean Sea: trace metal concentrations and microbial plankton abundance. Biogeosciences, 17(8), 2349–2364. Publisher's official version : , Open Access version :

Taillandier Vincent, Prieur Louis, D'Ortenzio Fabrizio, Ribera D'Alcala Maurizio, Pulido-Villena Elvira Profiling float observation of thermohaline staircases in the western Mediterranean Sea and impact on nutrient fluxes. Biogeosciences IN PRESS. Publisher's official version : , Open Access version :

Guieu Cécile, D'Ortenzio Fabrizio, Dulac François, Taillandier Vincent, Doglioli Andrea, Petrenko Anne, Barrillon Stéphanie, Mallet Marc, Nabat Pierre, Desboeufs Karine Process studies at the air-sea interface after atmospheric deposition in the Mediterranean Sea: objectives and strategy of the PEACETIME oceanographic campaign (May–June 2017). Biogeosciences IN PRESS. Publisher's official version : , Open Access version :

Menna Milena, Poulain Pierre-Marie, Ciani Daniele, Doglioli Andrea, Notarstefano Giulio, Gerin Riccardo, Rio Marie-Hélène, Santoleri Rosalia, Gauci Adam, Drago Aldo (2019). New Insights of the Sicily Channel and Southern Tyrrhenian Sea Variability. Water, 11(7), 1355 (23p.). Publisher's official version : , Open Access version :

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

Feliu Guillermo, Carlotti François, Pagano Marc (2019). Structure and functioning of Epipelagic Mesozooplankton in the Mediterranean Sea during spring Peacetime cruise 2017. Rapports et procès verbaux des réunions, 42, 241. Open Access version :