Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

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R/V Knorr

Cruise Party

Byron Blomquist: Chief Scientist, Principal Investigator
Organization Name
+1 808 956 6896

Christopher Fairall: Principal Investigator
Organization Name Boulder, CO USA
+1 303 497 3253

Jeffrey Hare: Principal Investigator
+1 808 983 5332

Barry Huebert: Principal Investigator
Organization Name USA
+1 808 956 6896

Departure: Oct 10, 2013


Arrival: Nov 15, 2013

Woods Hole

Operations Area

North Atlantic, ~100 miles south of the tip of Greenland
Lat/Lon: 60° 0.0′ N / 45° 0.0′ W
Depth Range: min / max (m)
Will the vessel be operating within 200 NM of a foreign country? Greenland (Denmark)
Are visas or special travel documents required? no

Science Objectives

The project focuses on improving our understanding of turbulent air-sea gas exchange processes in high wind conditions.  The eventual outcome of the experimental effort is an analysis leading to improvement in gas exchange parameterizations (models).

Science Activities

Measurements of several air-side gas species and atmospheric turbulence will be conducted from the jackstaff (or similar mast) of the ship.  The hardware for this effort includes a sonic anemometer, a suite of meteorological instruments, several sample inlet lines (tubes) leading back to vans containing the gas instrumentation and pumps.

Three 20' vans are planned to house the gas measurement systems.  Two of the measurement systems utilized sealed radioactive sources (Po-210 and Ni-63) which have been deployed previously on NOAA and/or UNOLS vessels.

In addition, we have two small buoys (4m and 11m, each about 1.5m in diameter) to be deployed and retrieved on about a 24 hour cycle from the back deck of the ship.  These buoys will make measurements of water-side characteristics (bubbles, waves, water-side turbulence), and the data are logged on the buoy which also has GPS/Iridium link for location determination.

A WAMOS wave-measurement system that utilizes the ship's navigational radar signal will be deployed.

The ship will be positioned into the wind, with potential manoevers required to place the ship into a strong wind field or area of high gas flux.  Other manoevers will be required to place and retrieve the buoys.

Additional Info

Pre-cruise Planning Meeting: Teleconference/Visit WHOI


Supporting documentation:



Funding Agency: NSF
Grant or contract number: 1036006

Scientific Instrumentation for R/V Knorr

Other Science Vans:

Shipboard Equipment

ADCP 300 kHz
Science Underway Seawater System

Shipboard Communication

Basic Internet access via HiSeasNet

CTD/Water Sampling

Wet Labs ECO-AFL fluorometer
SBE43 oxygen sensor

Critical CTD Sensors

Sample 20L of deep water (500-1000m) and 5L near surface each day for calibration

MET Sensors

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


Will you be using Long Base Line (LBL) navigation? no
How many nets? null
How many tansponders? null
Will you be using Doppler/GPS navigation?no


Navigation Notes:
Winch Notes:
Wire Notes:

Standard Oceanographic Cables

Slip ring required? no Number of conductors: 
Non-standard wire required? no Type: 
Traction winch required? no Describe: 
Science Van 1
Type/size: 8' x 20' Location: O2 deck
Water: N/A Power:20 amp, 480 VAC
Science Van 2
Type/size: 8' x 20' Location: O2 deck
Water: N/A Power:20 amp, 480 VAC
Science Van 3
Type/size: 8' x 20' Location: O2 deck
Water: N/A Power:20 amp, 480 VAC

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?yesDescribe deployment method and quantity:
15 compressed gas cylinders (N2) will be required, 3-4 of these will be located in the van on the O2 deck. Others in the main lab. Small quantities (< 4L of benzene, methanol, ethanol, acetone and about 1L of dilute hydrochloric acid) will be used in the vans or in the lab spaces

Radioactive Material


Additional Information

Is night time work anticipated on this cruise?noSpecialized tech support (Seabeam, coring, other):
Other required equipment and special needs:

Checklist & Notes


U.S. Customs Form: no
Diplomatic Clearance: no
Date Submitted:
Date Approved:
Agent Information:
Contact: Tina Lynge Schmidt, Gorm Diernisse
Phone: 299 349281, 299 349280
Fax: 299 349289
Cell: 299 555649, 299 555650
Email: portagent@ral.gl, god@ral.gl

Shipping Address:
Master R/V Knorr
Attn: Dr. barry J Huebert
c/o Royal Arctic Liner Agency
Aqqusinersauq 52, PO Box 1629
3900 Nuuk

Chad Smith

shipping address:

R/V Knorr - Dr. Huebert
c/o Chad Smith
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
266 Woods Hole Rd
Woods Hole, MA

Greenland (Denmark)
United States
For items leaving the USA on the Knorr and Returning on the Knorr:
Customs forms 4455 due to Chad Smith by Close of business on monday 9/12/13
Form: http://www.whoi.edu/cms/files/Cust_Form_4455_summary_19606.pdf
Form Example:http://www.whoi.edu/cms/files/Sample_Form4455_19607.pdf
Isotope Use Approval: yes
Isotope Notes:
Link to Rad authorization form: http://ehs.whoi.edu/ehs/DesktopDefault.aspx?tabindex=2&tabid=5&itemID=543
SCUBA Diving: no


SSSG Tech:
Amy Simoneau, David Simms