Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Cruise Planning Synopsis

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AR30-02: Simmons/McKinnon


RV Neil Armstrong

Cruise Party

Jennifer Mackinnon: Principal Investigator
Organization Name 9500 Gilman Dr # 0213 La Jolla, CA United States 92093
+1 858 8223716 8223716

Harper Simmons: Chief Scientist
University of Alaska Fairbanks College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, 129 O'Neill Building Fairbanks, Alaska United States 99775
+1 907 474 5729

Departure: May 16, 2018


Arrival: May 31, 2018


Operations Area

Icelandic Basins
Lat/Lon: 60° 0.0′ N / 25° 0.0′ W
Depth Range: 0 / 4000
Will the vessel be operating within 200 NM of a foreign country? Request operations within Iceland's 200NM limit
Are visas or special travel documents required? no

Science Objectives

Near Inertial Shear and Kinetic Energy in the North Atlantic Experiment (NISKINE) 

We seek to explore the near-surface decay and subsequent vertical/lateral propagation of wind energy in the ocean.

Science Activities

Deploy and recover autonomous Slocum and Wave Glider, CTD/LADCP, operate Scripps fastCTD system, arial surveys. Operate remote control kayak ("ROSS" -- OSU),  deploy drifters and wave buoys

Additional Info

Pre-cruise Planning Meeting: Teleconference


  Station 1
  Distance: null
  Days: 0

Supporting documentation:



Funding Agency: ONR/NAVY
Grant or contract number: UNKNOWN

Scientific Instrumentation for R/V Armstrong

Shipboard Equipment

Bathymetry System 12 kHz
ADCP 300 kHz
Sippican XBT System (Mark 21)
Bathymetry System 3.5 kHz
ADCP 150 kHz
EM122 (12 kHz) Multibeam Echosounder
Dynamic Positioning System
ADCP 38 kHz

Shipboard Communication

Basic Internet access via HiSeasNet
Is there a need to receive data from shore on a regular basis?
Is there a need to transfer data to shore on a regular basis?
Shipboard Communication Notes: Glider piloting operations from the ship require regular file transfer to and from shore with low latency. Co-investigators Louis St. Laurent (lstlaurent@whoi.edu) and Craig Lee (craig@apl.washington.edu) will be the points of contact for glider piloting needs.

CTD/Water Sampling

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)

MET Sensors

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


Navigation Notes:
Winch Notes:

Wire use and application

CTD Winch with .322" Electro-mechanical wire
3/8" Hydro Wire
Winch Notes:

Standard Oceanographic Cables

Slip ring required? no
Non-standard wire required? no
Traction winch required? 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
Describe deployment method and quantity:

Radioactive Material


Additional Information

Is night time work anticipated on this cruise?yes
Specialized 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:
Isotope Use Approval: no
Isotope Notes:
SCUBA Diving: no


SSSG Tech: