Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Cruise Planning Questionnaire

Holocene Hurricanes


R/V Atlantis


Cruise Party

Jeffrey Donnelly: Chief Scientist, Principal Investigator
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Clark 253, MS#22 Woods Hole, Ma. USA 02543
+1 508 289 2994

Peter van Hengstum: Chief Scientist, Principal Investigator
Texas A&M Galveston
+1 409 740 4919

Departure: Woods Hole, MA on Aug 13, 2016

Arrival: Kington, Jamaica on Aug 25, 2016

Mobilization Date: Aug 12, 2016

Demobilization Date: Aug 26, 2016

Supporting documentation:

Operations Area: Discovery Bay Jamaica

Lat/Lon: 18° 27.883′ N / 77° 24.47′ W

Depth Range: min / max (m)

Will the vessel be operating within 200 NM of a foreign country? Jamaica
Are visas or special travel documents required? no

Science objectives

Discovery Bay in Jamaica provides a unique opportunity to develop a reconstruction of intense hurricanes that formed in the deep tropics over the course of the last several millennia. With a series of new sediment cores, targeted using Chirp subbottom sonar, we will develop a high-resolution reconstruction of past hurricane-induced event beds. Given documented sedimentation rates in Discovery Bay the temporal resolution will be more than three times greater than existing reconstructions in the Caribbean. With 10-15 m sediment cores we expect to be able to develop a record that extends back to 6000-7000 years before present, and perhaps to as much as 9000 years.

Science Activities

Chirp subbottom sonar survey, multibeam survey, CTD casts, vibracoring (both from Atlantis and from a portable platform at shallow water target), gravity coring, jumbo piston coring, surface sample collection, deployment of current meters.

Pre-cruise planning meeting: Visit WHOI

Media personnel on board: Video
Filming NOVA documentary


Funding Agency: NSF #1356708

- added NSF #1356708 on May 16, 2016 9:57 AM by Jeffrey P. Donnelly

R/V Atlantis

Shipboard Equipment

Bathymetry System 12 kHz
Bathymetry System 3.5 kHz
Navigation - Position

Shipboard Communication

Basic Internet access via HiSeasNet

CTD/Water Sampling

911+ Rosette 24-position, 10-liter bottle Rosette with dual T/C sensors
SBE43 oxygen sensor

Critical CTD Sensors: 

Sediment Sampling

Gravity corers

Storage Notes:


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

Will you be using Ultra-short baseline (USBL) navigation for other than Alvin operations? no



Navigation Notes:


Hydro Winch with .25" hydro wire
Trawl Winch with 9/16th trawl wire

Winch Notes: Winch needed to deploy and recover corers.

Wire use and application

Hydro Winch with .25" hydro wire
Trawl Winch with 9/16th trawl wire

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

Other Science Vans:

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: Portable capstan winch will be used from portable platform and could also be used from Atlantis (but we will only use if an issue with the shipboard winches).

Special Requirements

Elecrical Power: yes Identify: 3 phase 240v 50-60 hz.
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: yes

Hazardous Material

Will hazardous material be utilized? no

Radioactive Material

Radioiosotopes: no

Additional Information

Is night time work anticipated on this cruise? yes

Specialized tech support (Seabeam, coring, other): JPC coring with Oregon State team

Other required equipment and special needs: 
Date Submitted: May 16, 2016 10:04 AM by Jeffrey P. Donnelly