Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Cruise Planning Questionnaire



R/V Knorr


Cruise Party

Patricia Yager: Chief Scientist, Principal Investigator
University of Georgia - Department of Marine Sciences 220 Marine Sciences Bldg. Athens, Georgia USA 30602-3636
+1 706 542 6824

Departure: Bridgetown Barbados on May 22, 2010

Arrival: Bridgetown Barbados on Jun 24, 2010

Supporting documentation:


Operations Area: western tropical North Atlantic Ocean

Lat/Lon: 10° 0.0′ N / 53° 0.0′ W

Depth Range: 20 / 4500

Will the vessel be operating within 200 NM of a foreign country? Barbados, (Trinidad/Tobego, Guyana, Suriname), French Guiana, Brazil
Are visas or special travel documents required? no

Science objectives

The ANACONDAS project builds on observations made by MANTRA/PIRANA in 2001 and 2003 (RV Knorr and Seward Johnson I cruises to the same region) to address specifically 1) how carbon cycling and sequestration in the western tropical North Atlantic (WTNA) is influenced by the Amazon River through its impact on pelagic ecosystem dynamics and 2) the sensitivity of this ecosystem to anthropogenic climate change.  PIRANA revealed the importance of both riverine and atmospheric inputs for driving the high productivity of the WTNA through N2-fixation, and demonstrated the significance of the region to basin-wide biogeochemistry and C cycling. ANACONDAS will now focus on what drives phytoplankton community succession through the plume, light and nutrient requirements, factors limiting productivity, and the fate of production. These components are critical to understand the role of the plume in the regional C cycle, and to predict its response to climate variability and change.    
  The NSF-funded ANACONDAS project will also serve as a platform for additional measurements  supported by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation's Marine Microbiology Initiative.  ROCA (River-Ocean Continuum of the Amazon) brings additional focus on marine microbial community structure and activities, along with high-resolution measurements of organic matter along the river-ocean continuum.  

Science Activities

Water Column Characterization (hydrographic sampling with CTD/Rosette):
Nutrient (NO2, NO2+NO3, PO4, SiO4) concentrations
Chlorophyll a and pigments concentrations
Inorganic carbon (discrete DIC, ALK, underway pCO2)
Organic carbon, nitrogen, phosphorus
Phytoplankton and Diazotroph Abundance (using rosette and also small nets to collect)
Carbon and Nitrogen Fixation by plankton
Kinetic and Physiological Measurements of phytoplankton 
Stable Isotopic Measurements of particulate material
Microbial heterotrophy
Microbial community structure and gene expression
Organic carbon and biomarker characterization

MOCNESS tows for zooplankton
Zooplankton collection for abundance and biomass
Zooplankton grazing and POC flux measurements

Multicorer for deep sea sediment analyses
Solid phase analysis
Pore water chemistry
Isotopic composition (Pb, Th, C)

Other instrumentation over the side:
The in-water light field will be characterized with a free-falling 14 channel spectroradiometer 
Two “Carbon Explorers” – autonomous Sounding Oceanographic Lagrangian Observer profilers 
Sediment Trap Studies (using 48h deployments of floating Particle Interceptor Traps; PITs)
Surface water pumps - directly bring large volumes of surface water to the deck of the ship for processing.

Pre-cruise planning meeting: Teleconference/Visit WHOI

Visit took place in November 2009 Teleconference March 15, 2010
Media personnel on board: K-12 Teacher
Lollie Garay is a secondary school teacher who is supported by an RET from OCE. She will be blogging her daily activities (photos and text) and holding some "live events" (using a satellite phone she will provide, if necessary) via the PolarTrec website.


Funding Agency: The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation #2293, NSF #OCE-0934095

- added The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation #2293 on Apr 12, 2010 2:07 PM by Eric Benway
- added NSF #OCE-0934095 on Mar 15, 2010 1:41 PM by Dr. Patricia L. Yager

R/V Knorr

Shipboard Equipment

ADCP 75 kHz
Bathymetry System 12 kHz
Bathymetry System 3.5 kHz
Deionized Water System
Fume Hood
Science Underway Seawater System

CTD/Water Sampling

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

Critical CTD Sensors: Science will bring own surface par sensor

Hydrographic Analysis Equipment

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

Sediment Sampling


Sample Storage

Chest Freezer (Household type) 0°F
Freezer -20°C
Freezer -70°C 3.2 cu. ft. ea.
Freezer -70°C 25 cu. ft.
Refrigerator 8.6 cu. ft.


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

Will you be using Doppler/GPS navigation? yes


CTD Winch with .322" Electro-mechanical wire
Hydro Winch with .25" hydro wire

Wire Notes: metering block for hydrowire 50 lb weight for hydrowire

Standard Oceanographic Cables

  Instrument(s) Instrument Weight(s) Maximum Depth
Conducting Hydro: MOCNESS (URI) 400 1000 m
Hydro: Vertical tows 100 1000 m

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

Portable Vans

Chemical Storage Van
Cold Storage Van
Isotope Van

Other Science Vans:

Other Science Vans:
Science Van 1
Type/size: UNOLS Cold Lab Van Location: 01 deck
Water: yes Power:yes
Science Van 2
Type/size: 2nd Isotope van Location: 01 deck
Water: no Power:yes - could need significant power for incubators
Science Van 3
Type/size: Cargo van - shipped by scientists to Barbados Location: main deck, starboard
Water: no Power:no

Specialized Deck Equipment

Mooring Deployment/Recovery Equipment Required: yes Type: Particle Interceptor traps (3)
Cruise Specific Science Winch Required: no Type: 
Nets Required: yes Type: 200 um MOCNESS

Over the Side Equipment

Will you be bringing any equipment (winches, blocks, etc.) that lowers instruments over the side? yes

Details: Ship will provide 2 smaller DT winches for net tows and sediment traps.

Special Requirements

Elecrical Power: yes Identify: clean power for instruments in Analytical lab
Equipment Handling: no Identify: 
Inter/intraship Communications: no Identify: 
Science Stowage: yes Identify: some storage of shipping containers
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:

Radioactive Material

Radioiosotopes: no

Additional Information

Is night time work anticipated on this cruise? yes

Specialized tech support (Seabeam, coring, other): Deep-sea coring expertise

Other required equipment and special needs: 
Date Submitted: Apr 12, 2010 4:08 PM by Eric Benway