Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Cruise Planning Questionnaire

Atlantic Intermediate


R/V Knorr


Cruise Party

William Curry: Principal Investigator
+1 508 289 2591

Delia Oppo: Chief Scientist, Principal Investigator
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Clark 119A, MS#23 Woods Hole, Ma. USA 02543
+1 508 289 2681

Departure: Bridgetown, Barbados on Jan 24, 2010

Arrival: Bridgetown, Barbados on Feb 14, 2010

Supporting documentation:

Operations Area: Demarara Rise

Lat/Lon: 8° 0.0′ N / 53° 0.0′ W

Depth Range: 400 / 4000

Will the vessel be operating within 200 NM of a foreign country? Suriname, French Guiana, Barbados
Are visas or special travel documents required? no

Science objectives

Field and Laboratory Program to Evaluate Atlantic Intermediate Circulation During the Past 25,000 Years. In this project, the PIs will study how changes in deep ocean circulation influenced the distribution of heat, nutrients, and carbon within the ocean, and their link to earth's climate and levels of CO2 in the atmosphere. The research will test the hypothesis that the northward flow of Antarctic Intermediate Water (AAIW) in the Atlantic Ocean is linked to its role as a supplier of North Atlantic Deep Water (NADW), which derives from sinking of surface waters at high northern latitudes and then flows southward in the Atlantic. The PIs predict that when NADW fills more of the deep Atlantic, AAIW penetrates farther northward to supply NADW.

Science Activities

Long Core operations at 25 stations, multibeam, water sampling

Pre-cruise planning meeting: Visit WHOI

Week Nov 30-Dec 4


Funding Agency: NSF #0750880

- added NSF #0750880 on Nov 20, 2009 11:31 AM by Elizabeth A. Caporelli

R/V Knorr

Shipboard Equipment

Bathymetry System 12 kHz
Sippican XBT System (Mark 21)
Bathymetry System 3.5 kHz
Deionized Water System
12 kHz Pinger for Wire Use
Fume Hood

CTD/Water Sampling

Wet Labs ECO-AFL fluorometer
Wet Labs C*Star transmissometer (660nm wavelength)
SBE43 oxygen sensor
911+ Rosette 24-position, 10-liter bottle Rosette with dual T/C sensors

Critical CTD Sensors: 

Hydrographic Analysis Equipment


MET Sensors

Barometric Pressure
Air temperature
Relative Humidity
Wind speed and direction
Short Wave Solar Radiation

Sediment Sampling

Jumbo Long Corer
Gravity corers

Sample Storage

Refrigerator 8.6 cu. ft.


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

Will you be using Doppler/GPS navigation? no


Trawl Winch with 9/16th trawl wire
CTD Winch with .322" Electro-mechanical wire

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

Portable Vans

Cold Storage Van
Chemical Storage Van

Other Science Vans:

Specialized Deck Equipment

Mooring Deployment/Recovery Equipment Required: no Type: 
Cruise Specific Science Winch Required: yes Type: Long core winch
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:
Core logger, authorization has been approved

Radioactive Material

Radioiosotopes: no

Additional Information

Is night time work anticipated on this cruise? yes

Specialized tech support (Seabeam, coring, other): 

Other required equipment and special needs: 
Date Submitted: Nov 20, 2009 11:40 AM by Elizabeth A. Caporelli