Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

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R/V Knorr

Cruise Party

Paul Matthias: Principal Investigator
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution LOSOS 213, MS#57 Woods Hole, Ma. USA 02543
+1 508 289 3672

Albert Plueddemann: Chief Scientist
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Clark 202A, MS#29 Woods Hole, Ma. USA 02543
+1 508 289 2789

Departure: Dec 10, 2014

Woods Hole

Arrival: Dec 16, 2014

Woods Hole

Operations Area

Continental Shelf and Slope south of New England
Lat/Lon: 40° 0.0′ N / 71° 0.0′ W
Depth Range: 90 / 500
Will the vessel be operating within 200 NM of a foreign country? no

Science Objectives

This cruise represents the third major infrastructure deployment for the Pioneer Array of the National Science Foundation’s Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI). The Pioneer Array will include a network of moorings and autonomous robotic vehicles to monitor waters of the continental shelf and slope south of New England and, in particular, the shelfbreak front where nutrients and other properties are exchanged between the coast and the deep ocean. Data from the Pioneer Array will provide new insights into coastal ocean processes such as shelf/slope nutrient exchange, air-sea property exchange, carbon cycling, and ocean acidification that are important to the New England shelf, and to continental shelf ecosystems around the world. For further information, see http://www.oceanobservatories.org.

Science Activities

The Pioneer-3B cruise has 8 main objectives and 4 ancillary objectives. The main objectives can be grouped into four categories: 1) Deploy 3 Coastal Surface Moorings (CSMs), 2) Deploy 2 Coastal Surface Piercing Profilers (CSPPs), 3) Perform mooring service (full or partial recovery, possible redeployment) of Coastal Profiler Moorings (CPMs), 4) Perform field evaluation activities, including CTD casts with water sampling. The ancillary objectives are 1) Recover a glider near the Offshore site, 2) Compare buoy and shipboard data, 3) Conduct cross-shelf CTD surveys in the vicinity of the moored array, and 4) Conduct surveys using shipboard sensors (ADCP, thermosalinograph, multibeam) in the Pioneer moored array region.

Additional Info

Pre-cruise Planning Meeting: Visit WHOI
Meeting Notes: Meeting scheduled Mon 11/24


Supporting documentation:



Funding Agency: NSF
Grant or contract number: OOI

Scientific Instrumentation for R/V Knorr

Other Science Vans:

Shipboard Equipment

Bathymetry System 12 kHz
ADCP 300 kHz
Sippican XBT System (Mark 21)
ADCP 75 kHz
Science Underway Seawater System

Shipboard Communication

Basic Internet access via HiSeasNet

CTD/Water Sampling

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
Wet Labs FLNTURTD Combination Flourometer and Turbidity Sensor

Critical CTD Sensors

Hydrographic Analysis Equipment

Oxygen Sample Bottles (available in 150 ml sizes)
Dissolved Oxygen Titration System (Brinkmann Titrator)
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 -70°C 3.2 cu. ft. ea.
Storage Notes: Freezer is backup for chlorophyll and nutrient samples


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:


Other Portable Winch
Trawl Winch with 9/16th trawl wire
CTD Winch with .322" Electro-mechanical wire
Winch Notes: Science party to bring split-drum TSE winch and Lantec heavy lift winch
Wire Notes: CTD winch for 24 bottle rosette, CTD winch for release/linepack tests, TSE winch for mooring wire deploy/recover, Lantec winch for anchor raise/lower.

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: 20' rigging van Location: main deck
Water: no Power:yes, 440, 3 phase

Specialized Deck Equipment

Mooring Deployment/Recovery Equipment Required: yes Type: Lantec and TSE winch, tuggers
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:
See wire notes above.

Special Requirements

Elecrical Power: yes Identify: TSE winch, Lantec winch, rigging van
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:yes SCUBA Diving Operations:no

Hazardous Material

Will hazardous material be utilized?yesDescribe deployment method and quantity:
1000 l Methanol fuel bladder in surface mooring buoy. Standard mooring deployment methods.

Radioactive Material


Additional Information

Is night time work anticipated on this cruise?yesSpecialized 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:
Woods Hole

Chad Smith

Assistant Marine Operations Coordinator

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Office: (508)-289-3811

Mobile: (617)-999-4163

Email: csmith@whoi.edu


R/V Knorr / Dr. Plueddemann

C/O Chad Smith

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

266 Woods Hole Rd

Woods Hole, MA


Isotope Use Approval: no
Isotope Notes:
SCUBA Diving: no


SSSG Tech:
Amy Simoneau, Ellen Roosen, Robbie Laird
  • Loading to begin Saturday the 8th
  • Staging of equipment will take place on Iselin Pier, Point of Contact Doug Handy (dhandy@whoi.edu)
  • Pall's Mall Area to be avoided
Precruise Meeting: Monday 11/24/14 @ 11:30 AM
Marine Operations Conference Room