The objectives of the North Sea Ecosystem Cruise 2020 were:
To sample pre-selected stations along standard transects for physical, chemical and biological parameters in the Northern North Sea and Skagerrak (IMR 14920, IMR 14917)
To map the abundance, distribution and species composition of phytoplankton, microzooplankton, mesozooplankton, and early life stages of fish (eggs and larvae). (IMR 14920, IMR 14917)
To undertake two process studies (northwestern North Sea and Skagerrak) to investigate the spatial, vertical and diel distribution of fish eggs and larvae and their potential predators and prey. (IMR 14920, IMR 14917)
To monitor radioactive contamination in Skagerrak (IMR 15595)
To acquire preliminary data on lipids and contaminant substances in zooplankton.
To sample two coastal stations for the Coastal monitoring program (IMR15593)
To collect samples of fish larvae for the KINO_2 (IMR 15314)