Cruise inventory

Jointly supported by BODC and the Marine Environmental Data and Information Network

The RV Prince Madog. One of many in the UK's fleet of research vessels
The RV Prince Madog. One of many in the UK's fleet of research vessels ©

The cruise inventory is a catalogue of UK research vessel activities dating from 1947 to the present day. Currently, it contains entries for 14405 cruises from 695 individual ships. It also contains details of non-UK marine research activities in British territorial waters.

It is a valuable resource for scientists, programme managers and data managers providing information on who has collected what, where and when, in addition to details of measurements taken and samples collected.

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The information is assembled using Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) Cruise Summary Report (CSR, formerly ROSCOP) forms. These are completed by the Principal Scientific Officer (PSO) or appropriate ship's officer for each research cruise or voyage. Forms from UK activities are submitted to BODC. Information on non-UK cruises comes from Notification of Proposed Research Cruise (NPRC) documents submitted to the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO).

Whereas CSRs provide a summary of cruise activities, more detailed cruise information is provided in the Cruise Report which is produced in the months following the end of the cruise.

Documentation available

The following documentation is available in both Microsoft Word and Adobe PDF formats

Marine Environmental Data and Information Network (MEDIN)

MEDIN reports to the Marine Science Coordination Committee (MSCC), a Government Committee established to help the UK to face up to future marine science challenges.

One of the aims of MEDIN is to improve the accessibility and availability of marine data through the development, maintenance and dissemination of catalogues and inventories of marine data. The cruise inventory is one of the catalogues maintained by the group in collaboration with BODC.

International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES)

The International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) maintains a database of Cruise Summary Reports from other countries, including forms from the UK submitted through BODC.


Related BODC pages

Where to find data     Our international role
Information and inventories     Submitting data to BODC

Related external links

Marine Environmental Data and Information Network (MEDIN)     Marine Science Co-ordination Committee (MSCC)
Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC)     International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES)

 

 

Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission     International Council for the Exploration of the Sea