By Marguerite Xenopoulos
Thirty years ago, on October 30th, 1988, the first scientific cruise sailed to a deep-water subtropical station as part of the Hawaii Ocean Time-series (HOT) program. On-going cruises to Station ALOHA (A Long-Term Oligotrophic Habitat Assessment; 22° 45’N, 158° 00’W) have been made since approximately at monthly intervals where repeated measurements of ocean physics, biogeochemistry
and plankton ecology have occurred. This virtual issue contains a compilation of seminal papers from the HOT program at Station ALOHA, assembled with the assistance of guest Editors and HOT Directors, David Karl and Matthew Church. Long-term field programs like HOT are essential for improving our understanding of ecosystem variability, especially as global change is taking a toll on ocean ecosystems. Join me in celebrating this 30th anniversary milestone by reading, sharing and discussing the influential papers included in this virtual issue.
Marguerite A. Xenopoulos
Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Limnology and Oceanography
Cover image from lead article by David Karl and Matthew Church