Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Cruise Planning Synopsis

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AR35-02: Waterhouse "Niskine 1"


RV Neil Armstrong

Cruise Party

Gunnar Voet: Principal Investigator
+1 858 822 6809

Amy Waterhouse: Chief Scientist
La Jolla, California United States 92037
+1 858 822 4312

Departure: May 11, 2019

Reykjavik, Iceland

Arrival: May 22, 2019

Reykjavik, Iceland

Operations Area

South of Iceland, east of the Reykjanes Ridge
Lat/Lon: 59° 30.0′ N / 26° 0.0′ W
Depth Range: 200 / 3500
Will the vessel be operating within 200 NM of a foreign country? Iceland
Are visas or special travel documents required? no

Science Objectives

Obtain oceanic measurements from the north atlantic storm track to refine forecasting of upper-ocean shear set by the interaction of wind-forced near-inertial waves and mesoscale conditions. 

Science Activities

We will be deploying subsurface full depth ocean moorings (up to 3) which will be comprised of floatation, current meters, sensors to measure temperature, salinity and conductivity, acoustic releases and will be fixed to the bottom with an anchor.

The moorings will be placed at approximately 59.5 N, 26 W in 2700m depth, subject to modification but within our study area box of 58N, 28W; 61 N, 28W, 61 N, 23 W; 58 N, 23 W. These moorings will be recovered in fall 2020. Exact mooring locations to be determined in early April 2019. 

Additional Info

Pre-cruise Planning Meeting: Teleconference


  Mooring Deployment 1
  Distance: null
  Days: 3
  Latitude: 59° 30.0’ N
  Longitude: 26° 0.0’ W

Supporting documentation:



Funding Agency: ONR/NAVY
Grant or contract number: N00014-18-1-2423

Scientific Instrumentation for R/V Armstrong

Shipboard Equipment

ADCP 300 kHz
ADCP 150 kHz
Science Underway Seawater System
EM122 (12 kHz) Multibeam Echosounder
EK80 Sonar
Dynamic Positioning System
ADCP 38 kHz
EM710 MkII (40 to 100 kHz) Multibeam Echosounder
Shipboard Equipment Notes: We have also requested the TSE Spooler from the winch pool. 
We are requesting to use the shipboard system to ping our releases once the moorings are deployed if possible. Otherwise, we have our own deckset which we can also use.

Shipboard Communication

Basic Internet access via HiSeasNet
Shipboard Communication Notes: We will be receiving daily updated sea surface height imagery from PIs based in the USA and will need to download these.

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

We do NOT need bottles but the regular CTD w/associated sensors.

MET Sensors

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


Navigation Notes:


Trawl Winch with 9/16th trawl wire
UNOLS Winch Pool
Winch Notes: We have requested the TSE Spooler and will need the trawl winch to deploy our anchors.
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?yes
Describe deployment method and quantity:
Isopropyl alcohol
lithium batteries (AA and CR123A)

Radioactive Material


Additional Information

Is night time work anticipated on this cruise?yes
Specialized tech support (Seabeam, coring, other):
With any time remaining after mooring deployment, we plan to profile with the shipboard CTD. This would be done as a 24-hr operation.
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: