Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Cruise Planning Questionnaire



R/V Oceanus


Cruise Party

Molly Baringer: Principal Investigator, Chief Scientist
NOAA/AOML 4301 rickenbacker Causeway Miami, FL US 33149
+1 305 361 4345

Departure: Woods Hole, MA on Mar 23, 2010

Arrival: Woods Hole, MA on Apr 24, 2010

Supporting documentation:


Operations Area: Moorings/CTDs

Lat/Lon: 26° 0.0′ N / 76° 0.0′ W

Depth Range: 0 / 6000

Will the vessel be operating within 200 NM of a foreign country? Bahamas
Are visas or special travel documents required? yes

Science objectives

  • Monitoring of the DWBC for water mass and transport signatures related to changes in the strengths and regions of high latitude water mass formation in the North Atlantic for the ultimate purpose of assessing rapid climate change.
  • Serving as a western boundary endpoint of a subtropical meridional overturning circulation (MOC)/heat flux monitoring system designed to measure the interior dynamic height difference across the entire Atlantic basin and its associated baroclinic heat transport.
  • Monitoring the intensity of the Antilles Current as an index (together with the Florida Current) of interannual variability in the strength of the subtropical gyre.


Science Activities

Leg 1:  Mooring recovery and redeployment of United Kingdom Rapid Array tpo monitor the Meridional Overturning Circulation.  Recovery and redeployment of NOAA's inverted echosounder array (part of the Western Boundary Time Series Project).
Leg 2: Hydrographic sections along the continental slope west of Abaco Island Grand Bahamas across the Deep Western Boundary Current and three sections in the Northwest Providence Channel and the Florida Straits.

Pre-cruise planning meeting: Teleconference


  Station 1
  Distance: 900
  Days: null
  Latitude: 26° 30.0’ N
  Longitude: 70° 31.0’ W

Funding Agency: NOAA #00000

- added NOAA #00000 on Jan 28, 2010 11:37 AM by Eric Benway

R/V Oceanus

Shipboard Equipment

Bathymetry System 12 kHz
ADCP 75 kHz
12 kHz Pinger for Wire Use
Transducer well for visiting instrumentation

CTD/Water Sampling

SBE43 oxygen sensor
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)

Hydrographic Analysis Equipment


MET Sensors

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


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

Will you be using Doppler/GPS navigation? yes


Mooring / TSE winch
CTD Winch with .322" Electro-mechanical wire

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

Portable Vans

Hydrographic Van

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? no

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: Jan 28, 2010 11:38 AM by Eric Benway