Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Cruise Planning Synopsis

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AR22 JP Student


RV Neil Armstrong

Cruise Party

Glen Gawarkiewicz: Chief Scientist, Principal Investigator
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Clark 343C, MS#21 Woods Hole, Ma. USA 02543
+1 508 289 2913

Departure: Sep 2, 2017

Woods Hole

Arrival: Sep 3, 2017

Woods Hole

Operations Area

Cross-shelf transect and sampling of shelfbreak front
Lat/Lon: 40° 0.0′ N / 71° 0.0′ W
Depth Range: 20 / 1000
Will the vessel be operating within 200 NM of a foreign country? no

Science Objectives

Introduce incoming Joint Program students to science performed on R/V Neil Armstrong and tools available for science use

Science Activities

CTD profiles with bottles, net tows, acoustics (EK80), shipboard ADCP

Additional Info

Pre-cruise Planning Meeting: Visit WHOI


  Station 1
  Distance: 80
  Days: 1
  Latitude: 40° 0.0’ N
  Longitude: 71° 0.0’ W

Supporting documentation:



Funding Agency: WHOI Internal
Grant or contract number: 63

Scientific Instrumentation for R/V Armstrong

Shipboard Equipment

Bathymetry System 12 kHz
ADCP 300 kHz
Bathymetry System 3.5 kHz
ADCP 150 kHz
Science Underway Seawater System
EK80 Sonar
ADCP 38 kHz
EM710 MkII (40 to 100 kHz) Multibeam Echosounder
Shipboard Equipment Notes: Will also be doing four ring net tows

Shipboard Communication

Basic Internet access via HiSeasNet
Shipboard Communication Notes: Normal access

CTD/Water Sampling

Wet Labs ECO-AFL fluorometer
Wet Labs C*Star transmissometer (660nm wavelength)
Seapoint STM turbidity sensor
SBE43 oxygen sensor
911+ Rosette 24-position, 10-liter bottle Rosette with dual T/C sensors
Biospherical underwater PAR (1000m depth limit) with reference Surface PAR
Wet Labs FLNTURTD Combination Flourometer and Turbidity Sensor

Critical CTD Sensors

Will attach VPR to Rosette frame. Internal recording w/battery pack

MET Sensors

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

Sample Storage

Scientific Walk-in Freezer
Scientific Walk-in Refrigerator
Storage Notes:


Will you be using Long Base Line (LBL) navigation? no
How many nets? null
How many tansponders? null
Will you be using Ultra-short baseline (USBL) navigation?no


Navigation Notes:
Winch Notes: Will need winch for ring net tows- not sure which
Winch Notes:

Standard Oceanographic Cables

Slip ring required? no
Non-standard wire required? no
Traction winch required? no

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:
Science party will supply list and MSDS sheets for chemicals.
Will be bringin Dewar with Liquid Nitrogen

Radioactive Material


Additional Information

Is night time work anticipated on this cruise?yes
Specialized tech support (Seabeam, coring, other):
Ring net tows
Will also be using IFBC, VPR
Other required equipment and special needs:

Checklist & Notes


U.S. Customs Form: no
Diplomatic Clearance: no
Date Submitted:
Date Approved:
Agent Information:
Isotope Use Approval: no
Isotope Notes:
SCUBA Diving: no


SSSG Tech:
Cruise plan will be evaluated for time estimates on transit and CTD casts.