Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Cruise Planning Synopsis

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R/V Knorr

Cruise Party

Scott Miller: Principal Investigator
+1 518 437 8799

Warren de bruyn: Chief Scientist
Chapman University USA
+1 714 628 7353

Departure: Jun 24, 2011

Woods Hole

Arrival: Jul 18, 2011

Woods Hole

Operations Area

55-62N south of Iceland
Depth Range: min / max (m)
Will the vessel be operating within 200 NM of a foreign country? no

Science Objectives

This project involves shipboard measurement of air sea fluxes using the eddy covariance technique.  Fluxes and sea surface concentrations of acetone, carbon dioxide and dimethyl sulfide will be measured and gas transfer coefficients will be computed.  These gases are important in terms of their impact on atmospheric chemistry and climate.  The primary goal of this work is to obtain simultaneous carbon dioxide and dimethy sulfide gas transfer over a broad range of oceanographic conditions.  This cruise is a high latitude cruise which will focus on areas of high biological productivity and examine the role of bubbles in gas transfer and the influence of near surface gradients on gas exchange.

Science Activities

The goal is to measure carbon dioxide, dimethyl sulfide, and acetone in air, 3 dimensional sonic wind and motion continuously throughout the cruise.  We will also measure carbon dioxide, dimethyl sulfide, and acetone in the ships seawater system continuously through the cruise.  Periodically we like to stop and deploy an air-sea integrated profiler by small boat.  We would also like to do a shallow CDT cast during these deployments.  The profiler will need to be followed during the deployment (~24hrs).  Occasionally we will also sample water directly over the side to measure near surface gradients.

Additional Info

Pre-cruise Planning Meeting: Teleconference
Meeting Notes: Need to co-ordinate time.


Supporting documentation:



Funding Agency: NSF
Grant or contract number: AGS-0851407; AGS-0851472; AGS-0851068

Scientific Instrumentation for R/V Knorr

Other Science Vans:

Shipboard Equipment

Deionized Water System
Science Underway Seawater System

Shipboard Communication

Basic Internet access via HiSeasNet
Is there an expectation to use Skype or any other real-time video conference program?

CTD/Water Sampling

Wet Labs ECO-AFL fluorometer
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

Sample Storage

Freezer -20°C
Storage Notes:


Will you be using Long Base Line (LBL) navigation? no
How many nets? null
How many tansponders? null
Will you be using Doppler/GPS navigation?no
Navigation Notes:
Winch Notes:
Wire Notes:

Standard Oceanographic Cables

Slip ring required? no Number of conductors: 
Non-standard wire required? no Type: 
Traction winch required? no Describe: 
Science Van 1
Type/size: 20ft 1 bench only Location: 02 deck
Water: Power:100A at 110V
Science Van 2
Type/size: 20ft Location: 02 deck
Water: Power:50A at 110V

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: yes Identify: clean science power to vans
Equipment Handling: no Identify: 
Inter/intraship Communications: yes Identify: ethernet
Science Stowage: yes Identify: temp storage in main lab
Water: no Identify: 

Additional Cruise Items/Activities

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

Hazardous Material

Will hazardous material be utilized?noDescribe deployment method and quantity:

Radioactive Material


Additional Information

Is night time work anticipated on this cruise?yesSpecialized tech support (Seabeam, coring, other):
CTD small boat launch/operatorOther required equipment and special needs:

Checklist & Notes


U.S. Customs Form: no
Diplomatic Clearance: no
Date Submitted:
Date Approved:
Agent Information:
Woods Hole, Ma.

Shipping address:

Master R/V KNORR
Attn: Scientist's Name - KN201
c/o WHOI
266 Woods Hole Rd.
Woods Hole, MA 02543

Contact: Chad Smith
Phone: (508) 289-3811
Fax: (508) 457-2185
Email: csmith@whoi.edu
Isotope Use Approval: no
Isotope Notes:
SCUBA Diving: no


SSSG Tech:
Anton Zafero, Robbie Laird
6 day mobilization scheduled for this cruise begins on June 18.