Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Cruise Planning Questionnaire



R/V Knorr


Cruise Party

Robert Pickart: Chief Scientist, Principal Investigator
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Clark 359B, MS#21 Woods Hole, Ma. USA 02543
+1 508 289 2858

Departure: Reykjavik, Iceland on Aug 5, 2014

Arrival: Reykjavik, Iceland on Sep 2, 2014

Mobilization Date: Aug 3, 2014

Demobilization Date: Sep 3, 2014

Supporting documentation:


Operations Area:


Depth Range: min / max (m)

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

Science objectives

This research is part of the Overturning in the Subpolar North Atlantic Program (OSNAP), an effort to determine the strength of the meridional overturning circulation and associated heat and freshwater fluxes in the subpolar North Atlantic. It is a collaborative program with scientists from several nations, including the U.K., the Netherlands, Germany, France, Canada and China. Scientists from the U.S., the U.K., and China will participate in this cruise.


The specific objectives of this cruise are as follows:


1.  To deploy 25 current meter and sound source moorings in the southern Labrador Sea and southwest Irminger Sea.

2.  To conduct CTD/LADCP transects in combination with the vessel-mounted ADCP.

3.  To launch acoustically tracked RAFOS floats at a number of sites near the mooring line.

Science Activities

In addition to the above, Seabeam surveying will be done to help site moorings along the west Greenland shelf/slope and the east Greenland shelf/slope

Pre-cruise planning meeting: Teleconference

Chief Scientist at sea and unavailable for Precruise meeting for the months prior to this cruise.


Funding Agency: NSF #000000000

- added NSF #000000000 on Jul 14, 2014 10:24 AM by Chad Smith

R/V Knorr

Shipboard Equipment

ADCP 300 kHz
Bathymetry System 3.5 kHz
ADCP 75 kHz
12 kHz Pinger for Wire Use
Deionized Water System
Science Underway Seawater System

Shipboard Communication

Basic Internet access via HiSeasNet

CTD/Water Sampling

SBE43 oxygen sensor
911+ Rosette 24-position, 10-liter bottle Rosette with dual T/C sensors
Wet Labs FLNTURTD Combination Flourometer and Turbidity Sensor

Critical CTD Sensors: 

CTD-Related Equipment

Lowered Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler (LADCP)

Hydrographic Analysis Equipment

Salt Bottles (2 cases of 125 ml provided)

MET Sensors

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

Storage Notes:


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

Will you be using Doppler/GPS navigation? no



Navigation Notes:


CTD Winch with .322" Electro-mechanical wire

Winch Notes: TSE Mooring Winch (Trask)

Wire Notes:
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: Flat Rack 2 (Loaded @ WHOI) Location: 02 Deck FWD)
Water: Power:
Science Van 2
Type/size: Flat Rack 1 (Loaded @ WHOI) Location: 02 Deck FWD
Water: Power:

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? yes

Details: TSE Winch & Deckplates

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:
Lithium batteries for LADCP's.

Radioactive Material

Radioiosotopes: no

Additional Information

Is night time work anticipated on this cruise? yes

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

Other required equipment and special needs: LADCP supplied by Dan Torres. Supplying 2 unitls incl. 1 down facing. Science will need 2 Auto Sal's (salinometer) on board for this cruise
Date Submitted: Jul 14, 2014 10:24 AM by Chad Smith