Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Cruise Planning Questionnaire



RV Neil Armstrong


Cruise Party

Jennifer Mackinnon: Principal Investigator
Organization Name 9500 Gilman Dr # 0213 La Jolla, CA United States 92093
+1 858 8223716 8223716

Harper Simmons: Chief Scientist
University of Alaska Fairbanks College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, 129 O'Neill Building Fairbanks, Alaska United States 99775
+1 907 474 5729

Departure: Reykjavik on May 16, 2018

Arrival: Reykjavik on May 31, 2018

Mobilization Date: May 16, 2018

Demobilization Date: Jun 1, 2018

Supporting documentation:


Operations Area: Icelandic Basins

Lat/Lon: 60° 0.0′ N / 25° 0.0′ W

Depth Range: 0 / 4000

Will the vessel be operating within 200 NM of a foreign country? Request operations within Iceland's 200NM limit
Are visas or special travel documents required? no

Science objectives

Near Inertial Shear and Kinetic Energy in the North Atlantic Experiment (NISKINE) 

We seek to explore the near-surface decay and subsequent vertical/lateral propagation of wind energy in the ocean.

Science Activities

Deploy and recover autonomous Slocum and Wave Glider, CTD/LADCP, operate Scripps fastCTD system, arial surveys. Operate remote control kayak ("ROSS" -- OSU),  deploy drifters and wave buoys

Pre-cruise planning meeting: Teleconference


  Station 1
  Distance: null
  Days: 0

Funding Agency: ONR/NAVY #UNKNOWN

- added ONR/NAVY #UNKNOWN on Dec 18, 2017 8:09 PM by Harper Simmons

R/V Armstrong

Shipboard Equipment

Bathymetry System 12 kHz
ADCP 300 kHz
Sippican XBT System (Mark 21)
Bathymetry System 3.5 kHz
ADCP 150 kHz
EM122 (12 kHz) Multibeam Echosounder
Dynamic Positioning System
ADCP 38 kHz

Shipboard Equipment Notes:

Shipboard Communication

Is there a need to transfer data to shore on a regular basis?
Is there a need to receive data from shore on a regular basis?
Basic Internet access via HiSeasNet

Shipboard Communication Notes: Glider piloting operations from the ship require regular file transfer to and from shore with low latency. Co-investigators Louis St. Laurent (lstlaurent@whoi.edu) and Craig Lee (craig@apl.washington.edu) will be the points of contact for glider piloting needs.

CTD/Water Sampling

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

Critical CTD Sensors: 

CTD-Related Equipment

Lowered Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler (LADCP)

MET Sensors

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

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:

Winch Notes:

Wire use and application

CTD Winch with .322" Electro-mechanical wire
3/8" Hydro 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: Scripps fastCTD system with 3m davit at the rear port quarter.

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? no

Radioactive Material

Radioiosotopes: no

Additional Information

Is night time work anticipated on this cruise? yes

Specialized tech support (Seabeam, coring, other): 

Other required equipment and special needs: 
Date Submitted: Dec 18, 2017 8:13 PM by Harper Simmons