Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Cruise Planning Questionnaire



R/V Knorr


Cruise Party

Elizabeth Kujawinski: Chief Scientist, Principal Investigator
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Fye 112B, MS#04 Woods Hole, Ma. USA 02543
+1 508 289 3493

Rainer Lohmann: Principal Investigator
Organization Name USA
+1 401 874 6612

Krista Longnecker: Principal Investigator
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Fye 112A, MS#04 Woods Hole, Ma. USA 02543
+1 508 289 2824

Benjamin Van Mooy: Principal Investigator
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Fye 119, MS#04 Woods Hole, Ma. USA 02543
+1 508 289 2322

Departure: Montevideo Uruguay on Mar 25, 2013

Arrival: Bridgetown Barbados on May 9, 2013

Mobilization Date: Mar 22, 2013

Demobilization Date: May 11, 2013

Supporting documentation:


Operations Area: Western Atlantic Ocean

Lat/Lon: 34° 0.0′ S / 58° 0.0′ W

Depth Range: 0 / 5000

Will the vessel be operating within 200 NM of a foreign country? none
Are visas or special travel documents required? no

Science objectives

1. Characterize deep ocean dissolved organic matter in water masses of western Atlantic Ocean
2. Characterize microbial community at selected stations and at selected depths
3. Characterize metabolic capabilities of surface, mesopelagic and bathypelagic microbial consortia vis-a-vis the degradation of organic matter from each zone
4. Examine metabolic and phylogenetic links between microbes in different marine zones (surface, meso-pelagic and bathypelagic depths)

Science Activities

1. Collection of discrete water samples by Niskin-bottles
2. Collection of microbial communities from these water samples, by in-situ pumping, or by net-traps and net-tows.
3. Incubation experiments in lab and on deck.
4. Underway mass spectrometry and flow cytometry, from seawater intake.

Pre-cruise planning meeting: Visit WHOI

Already at WHOI


Funding Agency: NSF #85432000

- added NSF #85432000 on Nov 7, 2012 2:39 PM by Elizabeth B. Kujawinski

R/V Knorr

Shipboard Equipment

Bathymetry System 12 kHz
Bathymetry System 3.5 kHz
Deionized Water System
Science Underway Seawater System
12 kHz Pinger for Wire Use
Fume Hood

Shipboard Communication

Basic Internet access via HiSeasNet
Is there an expectation to use Skype or any other real-time video conference program?

CTD/Water Sampling

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

Critical CTD Sensors: We know we will need to remove the PAR sensor for any casts >1000 m

MET Sensors

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

Sample Storage

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

Storage Notes: we will also have liquid N2 dewars


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

Winch Notes:

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

Portable Vans

Chemical Storage Van

Other Science Vans:

Other Science Vans:
Science Van 1
Type/size: Storage Location: 01 deck or wherever is convenient
Water: none Power:none

Specialized Deck Equipment

Mooring Deployment/Recovery Equipment Required: no Type: 
Cruise Specific Science Winch Required: no Type: 
Nets Required: yes Type: Van Mooy net-traps - TBD

Over the Side Equipment

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

Details: getting details from BenVM

Special Requirements

Elecrical Power: no Identify: 
Equipment Handling: no Identify: 
Inter/intraship Communications: no Identify: 
Science Stowage: yes Identify: need to pre-load in US port and store materials until cruise
Water: yes Identify: need large volumes of RO water prior to treatment for drinking water

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: we need space for deck incubators; so far we're planning on two 5'x5' incubators but we will likely have more (to be updated) Lohmann is going to be doing high-volume air sampling. Details on size and location have been requested and questionnaire will be updated asap.
Date Submitted: Nov 8, 2012 3:56 PM by Elizabeth B. Kujawinski