Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Cruise Planning Synopsis

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R/V Knorr

Cruise Party

Lloyd Keigwin: Chief Scientist, Principal Investigator
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution McLean 207A, MS#08 Woods Hole, Ma. USA 02543
+1 508 289 2784

Departure: Aug 6, 2010

Woods Hole

Arrival: Aug 15, 2010

Woods Hole

Operations Area

New England waters
Lat/Lon: 39° 0.0′ N / 65° 30.0′ W
Depth Range: 250 m / 4 km
Will the vessel be operating within 200 NM of a foreign country? We have clearance from Canada, but I doubt we'll get that far east.
Are visas or special travel documents required? no

Science Objectives

This cruise is privately funded by the same foundation that funded WHOI to get started on developing the new long coring system.  The idea is to promote interdisciplinary studies by collecting sediment cores from locations that are well instrumented for modern observations.  WHOI's line W array, south of the Cape and Islands is one such region.  There are multiple moorings measuring physical and chemical properties of the ocean, and there are sediment traps that allow us to calculate fluxes of sediment to the seafloor.  Another such location is in Jordan Basin, northeast Gulf of Maine, where NOAA has an instrumented buoy and where there is a long history of sediment trapping and plankton towing.  Remarkably, there are no studies of the paleoclimate using sediment cores from these regions.  In deep water (south of WH) surveys will be conducted by 3.5 kHz sonar, and in the Gulf of Maine Liviu Giosan will survey with his towed chirp sonar.  Our Jordan Basin site is well-known, but south of WH the continental margin is dominated by down-slope processes and finding good core sites will be a challenge.  We may work farther to the east in the NE Seamount region, where seamounts may affect the prevailing deep flow and cause constructional sedimentary deposits.  Each site will be sampled with a multicorer, a gravity corer, and a large diameter piston corer.  In addition, we will deploy a sediment trap at Jordan Basin.  

Science Activities

multicoring, gravity coring, long piston coring, hydrocasting, plankton towing, seafloor mapping, sediment trapping

Additional Info

Pre-cruise Planning Meeting: Visit WHOI


  Station 1
  Distance: null
  Days: null
  Latitude: 43° 28.982’ N
  Longitude: 67° 52.956’ W

Supporting documentation:


Funding Agency: NSF
Grant or contract number:
Funding Agency: The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
Grant or contract number: 00000

Scientific Instrumentation for R/V Knorr

Shipboard Equipment

Bathymetry System 12 kHz
Sippican XBT System (Mark 21)
Bathymetry System 3.5 kHz
ADCP 75 kHz
Deionized Water System
Science Underway Seawater System

CTD/Water Sampling

911+ Rosette 24-position, 10-liter bottle Rosette with dual T/C sensors

Critical CTD Sensors

Sediment Sampling

Jumbo Long Corer
Gravity corers

Sample Storage

Chest Freezer (Household type) 0°F
Storage Notes: need reefer van for cores


Will you be using Long Base Line (LBL) navigation? no
How many nets? 0
How many tansponders? 0
Will you be using Doppler/GPS navigation?yes


CTD Winch with .322" Electro-mechanical wire
Hydro Winch with .25" hydro wire

Standard Oceanographic Cables

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

Portable Vans

Cold Storage Van

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? yes
This is a Long Core cruise

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:

Radioactive Material


Additional Information

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

Checklist & Notes


U.S. Customs Form: no
Diplomatic Clearance: yes
Date Submitted: Mar 10, 2010
Date Approved: Apr 14, 2010
Agent Information:

Master R/V Ship Name
Attn: Scientist's Name - KN198
c/o WHOI
266 Woods Hole Rd.
Woods Hole, MA 02543

Contact: Eric Benway
Phone: (508) 289-3770
Fax: (508) 457-2185
Email: ebenway@whoi.edu
No US 4455's needed
Isotope Use Approval: yes
Isotope Notes:
Core Logger?
SCUBA Diving: no


SSSG Tech: