Indian Ocean

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The GEOTRACES Scientific Steering Committee discussed and proposed these cruise tracks in October 2007 at the Indian Ocean Planning Workshop held in Goa, India. More information about each cruise is available — please click on the map labels below.

Indian Ocean GEOTRACES sections GI01 GI02 GI03 GI04 GI05 GI06 GI07 GI08 GI09 GIPY2 GIPY3 GIPY4 GIPY6 Port Blair Time-Series KERFIX Time-Series Ganga Sagar Time-Series Ongole Time-Series
Indian Ocean GEOTRACES cruise sections ©

Cruise details

Section

Country Cruise Dates (completed cruises/ approved future cruises) Information
GI01
India

24-03-2014

24-04-2014

Cruise SK311 sailed on 24 March 2014 from Chennai, India and docked at Port Louis, Mauritius on 24 April 2014. The aim of the cruise was to determine the sources and internal cycling of trace elements and isotopes in the Indian Ocean. The full range of GEOTRACES parameters were sampled in the Indian Ocean, the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal. Contact Dr Sunil Kumar Singh for more details or consult the GEOTRACES post-cruise metadata form.

GI02
India

27-04-2014

30-05-2014

Cruise SK312 sailed on 27 April 2014 from Mauritius and docked in Goa, India on 30 May 2014. The full range of GEOTRACES parameters were sampled in the Indian Ocean and the Bay of Bengal. Contact Dr Sunil Kumar Singh for more details or access further information from the GEOTRACES post-cruise metadata form.

GI03
India

30-01-2013

30-03-2013

Indian cruise SK304 mobilised on 03 March 2013 from Goa, India, on the Sagar Kanya, with Dr Sunil Kumar Singh as the Chief Scientist. The cruise ended in Chennai, India on 11 May 2013. Samples were collected in the Arabian Sea, the Eastern Indian Ocean, the Andaman Sea and the Bay of Bengal. For further details sampled on this cruise please see the GEOTRACES post-cruise metadata form.

GI04
Japan

06-11-2009

10-01-2010

Cruise KH-09-5 legs 1, 2 and 3 sailed in November 2009 on the Japanese ship RV Hakuho Maru. The cruise aimed at precise and detailed measurements of trace elements and isotopes in the Indian Ocean. Atmosphere and bottom sediment samples were collected to help identify processes and fluxes that control the distribution of trace elements in water columns, and to elucidate their important linkage with global climatic change. Please consult the preliminary cruise report for further information or contact Dr Toshitaka Gamo (Chief Scientist and GEOTRACES Scientist). For further details on parameters sampled on the cruise and other relevant metadata please see the GEOTRACES pre-cruise metadata form.

GI05
Germany
Still to be decided

Details of the German South Indian Ocean GEOTRACES cruise can be found in the following cruise proposal. Dr Eric Achterberg and Dr Martin Frank will be the Co-Chief Scientists. All information is prelimary as the cruise is still to take place and will be updated closer to the time of the cruise. If further information is required please contact Dr Eric Achterberg or Dr Martin Frank.

GI06
Australia and France
Still to be decided
Collaboration between France and Australia for the 2016 season. Please contact Dr Andy Bowie for more information.
GI07 Germany
Still to be decided
Dr Katharina Pahnke will be the Chief Scientist on this South East Indian Ocean cruise. The objectives of this cruise are to source trace elements and isotopes (TEI's) from Antarctica and around Australia, TEI signatures of major water masses and TEI distrubutions across the circum-Antarctic frontal system. Please contact Dr Katharina Pahnke for further information on this cruise. Details will be updated closer to the time of the cruise departure.
GI08 Australia
Still to be decided

Please contact Dr Andy Bowie for information regarding this southern Australia cruise. Details will be updated closer to the time of the cruise departure.

GI09 Australia
Still to be decided

Please contact Dr Andy Bowie for information regarding this cruise. Details will be updated closer to the time of the cruise departure.

GIPY2 Australia

17-01-2007

20-02-2007

SAZ-SENSE is a study of the sensitivity of Sub-Antarctic Zone waters to global change. A 32-day oceanographic voyage onboard Australia’s ice-breaker, Aurora Australis, was undertaken in mid-summer 17 January - 20 February 2007 to examine biogeochemical processes in SAZ waters west and east of Tasmania, and also in the Polar Frontal Zone south of the SAZ with Dr Brian Griffiths as the Chief Scientist and Dr Andrew Bowie as the GEOTRACES Scientist. The strategy was to compare low productivity waters west of Tasmania (areas with little phytoplankton) with higher productivity waters to the east, with a focus on the role of iron as a limiting micro-nutrient.  This cruise was part of the GEOTRACES IPY programme. See GEOTRACES post-cruise metadata form for more information on the parameters sampled.

GIPY3
Australia

03-09-2007

17-10-2007

The Sea Ice Physics and Ecosystem eXperiment (SIPEX) is one of Australia's major contributions to the International Polar Year (IPY). The expedition explored the sea ice zone around Antarctica from September to October 2007 and investigated the relationships between the physical sea ice environment and the structure of Southern Ocean ecosystems. The Chief Scientist on board was Dr Anthony Worby and the GEOTRACES Scientist Dr Andrew Bowie. Please see the cruise report and GEOTRACES post-cruise metadata form for more information.
GIPY4
France

08-02-2008

24-03-2008

The MD166 Bonus Good Hope cruise sailed in 2008 aboard the Marion Dufresne. This cruise was part of the international IPY programme and GEOTRACES was one of the main projects associated with this cruise. The Chief Scientist on board was Professor Sabrina Speich and the GEOTRACES Scientist Dr Marie Boye. Details can be found in the cruise report and GEOTRACES post-cruise metadata form.
GIPY6
Australia

22-03-2008

17-04-2008

Australian-led voyage aboard Aurora Australis, organised by the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre, followed the 'SR3' transect approximately 140°E between Tasmania and the coast of Antarctica. This transect has been well characterised oceanographically in the past two decades. The results of this work will yield the first synoptic, circumpolar measurements of micronutrient trace elements in the Southern Ocean. Dissolved iron data along the SR3 transect represent an order of magnitude improvement in sampling resolution and show widespread iron limitation in upper ocean waters along the transect. The Chief Scientist was Dr Stephen Rintoul and the GEOTRACES Scientist Dr Edward Butler. Please see the Voyage Report for further information. For more details on parameters to be sampled and other relevant metadata please see the GEOTRACES post-cruise metadata form.

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