The main objective of the PROABROLHOS project, completed by late 2013, was the acquisition of oceanographic and ecological data on the structure and functioning of the Abrolhos Bank ecosystem, the largest and most diversified coral reef system in the South Atlantic. The project represented one of the largest research efforts ever performed by the Brazilian oceanographic community, with about 40 PI's involved in several thematic areas (climate, physical oceanography, modeling, pelagic productivity, benthic dynamics, paleoceanography, fisheries studies and remote sensing). LAPS was in charge of zooplankton research activities


Field work took place between 2007 and 2009, comprising oceanographic cruises with USP and FURG research vessels, sampling efforts within estuaries and coral formations, and land-based activities for fisheries assessment.

Upper left: The PROABROLHOS sampling grid in July-August 2007. Right: Aerial view of the Caravelas estuary.


A snapshot of the deployment of a plankton net equipped with a Laser Optical Plankton Counter (left), as part of LAPS activities during the PROABROLHOS research cruises off Eastern Brazil. Rough seas were not uncommon during the winter cruise (right).


Project results were published as a special volume of the journal Continental Shelf Research.