Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Cruise Planning Questionnaire

keigwin July cruise on KNORR


R/V Knorr


Cruise Party

Lloyd Keigwin: Chief Scientist, Principal Investigator
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution McLean 207A, MS#08 Woods Hole, Ma. USA 02543
+1 508 289 2784

Departure: Horta, Azores on Jul 10, 2010

Arrival: wh on Aug 1, 2010

Supporting documentation:

Operations Area: between WH and Azores


Depth Range: 900 m / >5km

Will the vessel be operating within 200 NM of a foreign country? Canada. You guys already know this stuff.
Are visas or special travel documents required? no

Science objectives

This is a three-year project to conduct paleo-ocean and paleoclimate studies of deep ocean sediments from high deposition rate sites in the western subtropical North Atlantic.  In the first year, research will be conducted on existing samples from Laurentian Fan and new samples will be collected during a three week surveying and coring cruise to locations between Newfoundland and the Mid Atlantic Ridge (MAR).  These sites include the Tail of the Grand Bank, Corner Rise, the west flank of the MAR, and small plateaus and basins near the crest of the MAR.  Each location will be sampled with a multicorer, a gravity corer, and a large diameter piston corer.  The underlying theme of this research is to link radiocarbon ventilation ages in the deep ocean, as measured by paired 14C analysis of benthic and planktonic foraminifera, with surface ocean conditions on different spatial and temporal scales. 

Science Activities

multicoring, gravity coring, long piston coring, hydrocasting, plankton towing, seafloor mapping

Pre-cruise planning meeting: Visit WHOI


  Station 1
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  Latitude: 36° 55.5’ N
  Longitude: 32° 57.0’ W

  Station 2
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  Latitude: 37° 5.0’ N
  Longitude: 32° 2.0’ W

Funding Agency: NSF #882854

- added NSF #882854 on Feb 10, 2010 11:10 AM by Lloyd Keigwin

R/V Knorr

Shipboard Equipment

Bathymetry System 12 kHz
Sippican XBT System (Mark 21)
Bathymetry System 3.5 kHz
ADCP 150 kHz
ADCP 75 kHz
Deionized Water System
Science Underway Seawater System

CTD/Water Sampling

911+ Rosette 24-position, 10-liter bottle Rosette with dual T/C sensors

Critical CTD Sensors: 

Sediment Sampling

Jumbo Long Corer
Gravity corers

Sample Storage

Chest Freezer (Household type) 0°F

Storage Notes: need reefer van for cores


Will you be using Long Base Line (LBL) navigation? no

Will you be using Doppler/GPS navigation? yes


CTD Winch with .322" Electro-mechanical wire
Hydro Winch with .25" hydro wire

Slip ring required? no Number of conductors: 
Non-standard wire required? no Type: 
Traction winch required? no Describe: 

Portable Vans

Cold Storage Van

Other Science Vans:

Specialized Deck Equipment

Mooring Deployment/Recovery Equipment Required: no Type: 
Cruise Specific Science Winch Required: no Type: 
Nets Required: no Type: 

Over the Side Equipment

Will you be bringing any equipment (winches, blocks, etc.) that lowers instruments over the side? no

Special Requirements

Elecrical Power: no Identify: 
Equipment Handling: no Identify: 
Inter/intraship Communications: no Identify: 
Science Stowage: no Identify: 
Water: no Identify: 

Additional Cruise Items/Activities

Explosive Devices: no
Portable Air Compressors: no
Flammable Gases: no
Small Boat Operations: no
SCUBA Diving Operations: no

Hazardous Material

Will hazardous material be utilized? yes

Describe deployment method and quantity:

Radioactive Material

Radioiosotopes: no

Additional Information

Is night time work anticipated on this cruise? yes

Specialized tech support (Seabeam, coring, other): seabeam, coring

Other required equipment and special needs: 
Date Submitted: Mar 23, 2010 11:40 AM by Lloyd Keigwin