Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Cruise Planning Questionnaire

The Next 'Pioneer 2013'


R/V Knorr


Cruise Party

Paul Matthias: Principal Investigator
Organization Name USA
+1 508 289 3672

Albert Plueddemann: Chief Scientist
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Clark 202A, MS#29 Woods Hole, Ma. USA 02543
+1 508 289 2789

Departure: Woods Hole on Apr 11, 2018

Arrival: Woods Hole on Apr 19, 2014

Mobilization Date: Apr 10, 2014

Demobilization Date: Apr 20, 2014

Supporting documentation:

Operations Area: Continental shelf and slope south of New England

Lat/Lon: 40° 0.0′ N / 71° 0.0′ W

Depth Range: 90 / 500

Will the vessel be operating within 200 NM of a foreign country? no

Science objectives

This cruise represents the second infrastructure deployment for the Pioneer Array of the National Science Foundation’s Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI). The Pioneer Array will include a network of moorings and autonomous robotic vehicles to monitor waters of the continental shelf and slope south of New England and, in particular, the shelfbreak front where nutrients and other properties are exchanged between the coast and the deep ocean. Data from the Pioneer Array will provide new insights into coastal ocean processes such as shelf/slope nutrient exchange, air-sea property exchange, carbon cycling, and ocean acidification that are important to the New England shelf, and to continental shelf ecosystems around the world. For further information, see http://www.oceanobservatories.org.

Science Activities

The Pioneer-2 cruise has 4 main objectives and 5 ancillary objectives. The main objectives are: 1)  Deploy five OOI Coastal Profiler Moorings (CPMs) and validate their operation, 2) Deploy 6 OOI Coastal Gliders and validate their operation, 3) Recover two CPMs, 4) Perform field verification activities, including CTD casts with water sampling at mooring sites and glider deployment sites. The ancillary objectives are a) Deploy an OOI Coastal Surface Mooring (CSM) with fuel cell, b) Recover a CSM, c) Recover a CPM anchor and line pack,  d) Conduct Seabeam surveys of the mooring sites and of the Pioneer moored array region in general, and e) Conduct cross-shelf and along-shelf surveys in the vicinity of the moored array using shipboard ADCPs.

Pre-cruise planning meeting: Visit WHOI


  Pioneer Central Site
  Distance: 85
  Days: 2
  Latitude: 40° 8.2’ N
  Longitude: 70° 46.5’ E

Funding Agency: NSF #TBD

- added NSF #TBD on Feb 17, 2014 3:48 PM by Albert J. Plueddemann

R/V Knorr

Shipboard Equipment

Bathymetry System 12 kHz
ADCP 300 kHz
ADCP 75 kHz
Science Underway Seawater System

Shipboard Communication

Basic Internet access via HiSeasNet

CTD/Water Sampling

Wet Labs C*Star transmissometer (660nm wavelength)
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: 

Hydrographic Analysis Equipment

Dissolved Oxygen Titration System (Brinkmann Titrator)
Oxygen Sample Bottles (available in 150 ml sizes)
Salt Bottles (2 cases of 125 ml provided)

MET Sensors

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

Sample Storage

Freezer -70°C 3.2 cu. ft. ea.

Storage Notes: Freezer for chlorophyll and nutrient samples


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

Will you be using Doppler/GPS navigation? no



Navigation Notes:


Other Portable Winch
Mooring / TSE winch
Trawl Winch with 9/16th trawl wire
CTD Winch with .322" Electro-mechanical wire

Winch Notes: Lantec heavy lift winch.

Wire use and application

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

Wire Notes: CTD winch for 24 bottle rosette, CTD winch for release/linepack tests, Lantec winch for anchor lowering.
Slip ring required? no Number of conductors: 
Non-standard wire required? no Type: 
Traction winch required? no Describe: 

Other Science Vans:

Other Science Vans:
Science Van 1
Type/size: 20' logistics van Location: TBD
Water: no Power:yes
Science Van 2
Type/size: 20' rigging van Location: main deck
Water: no Power:440 3-phase

Specialized Deck Equipment

Mooring Deployment/Recovery Equipment Required: yes Type: heavy lift winch, TSE Winch
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? yes

Details: Winches as above, blocks for A-Frame

Special Requirements

Elecrical Power: yes Identify: TBD for heavy lift winch
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: yes
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): ADCP, Seabeam, CTD

Other required equipment and special needs: 
Date Submitted: Feb 17, 2014 4:34 PM by Albert J. Plueddemann