Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Cruise Planning Questionnaire

GEOTRACES North Atlantic Transect


R/V Knorr


Cruise Party

Edward Boyle: Chief Scientist
Massachusetts Institute of Technology 77 Mass. Ave. Cambridge, MA United States 02139
+1 617 253 3388

William Jenkins: Principal Investigator
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution McLean 238, MS#08 Woods Hole, Ma. USA 02543
+1 508 289 2554

Departure: WHOI on Nov 6, 2011

Arrival: Praia Cape Verde Islands on Dec 11, 2011

Mobilization Date: Nov 2, 2011

Demobilization Date: Dec 23, 2011

Supporting documentation:


Operations Area: WHOI to Bermuda to Cape Verde Islands


Depth Range: min / max (m)

Will the vessel be operating within 200 NM of a foreign country? Bermuda, Cape Verde Islands
Are visas or special travel documents required? yes

Science objectives

GEOTRACES: Trace elements and their isotopes, distribution in the ocean, first US section. We will collect water column dissolved and particulate matter for a wide variety of trace elements and their stable and radioisotopes.

Science Activities

ODF 30 liter rosette CTD casts
ODU Trace metal rosette CTD casts
McLane particulate pump casts
underway sampling with towed fish
sampling from shipboard "uncontaminated" system

Pre-cruise planning meeting: Visit WHOI

Already set up for Thursday Aug 11 at 2 pm


Funding Agency: NSF #OCE-0926204

- added NSF #OCE-0926204 on Aug 10, 2011 1:44 PM by Prof. Edward Allen Boyle

R/V Knorr

Shipboard Equipment

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

Shipboard Communication

Basic Internet access via HiSeasNet

CTD/Water Sampling

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

Critical CTD Sensors: 12-position 30 liter rosette with multiple sensors

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

Sample Storage

Freezer -20°C
Freezer -70°C 3.2 cu. ft. ea.
Freezer -70°C 25 cu. ft.
Refrigerator 8.6 cu. ft.

Storage Notes: Freezer van Additional 15 cu ft refrigerator(s) required


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
Hydro Winch with .25" hydro wire

Winch Notes: ODU Dynacon winch system for TE rosette; spool Buesseler Vectran onto spare hydro winch

Wire use and application

CTD Winch with .322" Electro-mechanical wire

Wire Notes: Buesseler Vectran on hydro winch for in situ pumps
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

Other Science Vans:

Other Science Vans:
Science Van 1
Type/size: ODU/GEOTRACES Location: Main Deck Stbd Side
Water: yes Power:480, single

Specialized Deck Equipment

Mooring Deployment/Recovery Equipment Required: yes Type: GEOTRACES A-frame; fish boom
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: GEOTRACES GOFlo rosette system; tow fish boom and base

Special Requirements

Elecrical Power: no Identify: 
Equipment Handling: no Identify: 
Inter/intraship Communications: no Identify: 
Science Stowage: yes Identify: 46 pallet boxes on deck for water samples
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): 

Other required equipment and special needs: 
Date Submitted: Oct 14, 2011 4:58 PM by Eric Benway