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BODC Cruise Metadata Report for RRS Challenger (74CH) cruise CH7/79


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Cruise Inventory Information

Long name RRS Challenger (74CH) cruise CH7/79
Short name CH7/79
Objectives and Narrative The objectives of this cruise were:
(1) Service the current meter mooring at 57N, 9W and deploy moorings at three stations on the Rockall via Anton Dohrn Seamount section. Accomplished, but one recovered current meter has failed due to leakage.
(2) Service IOS moorings in the Rockall Channel. Two of four moorings were recovered.
(3) Work the Rockall via Anton Dohrn Seamount (Ellett Line) CTD section. Only part of the section from the seamount eastwards could be worked due to time lost through mooring recovery problems.
(4) Work additional CTD sections in the northern Rockall Channel. A section across the Cirolana Deep was started but not finished due to technical problems with the CTD.
(5) Collect large-volume surface water sample for radiocaesium analysis from Scottish shelf stations. Accomplished with CTD profiles on all but one station.
(6) Obtain epibenthic sled samples at the SMBA permanent station (54 deg 40 min N, 12 deg 16 min W). Not possible due to poor weather and time lost through mooring recovery problems.
(7) Obtain deep plankton samples at the SMBA permanent section using the rectangular mid-water trawl. Not possible due to poor weather and time lost through mooring recovery problems.
(8) Obtain Assagiz trawl samples between the Anton Dohrn Seamount and the St Kilda continental slope. One good sample was obtained.
Ship RRS Challenger
Departure Port Ardrossan, United Kingdom
Departure Date 1979-05-10
Arrival Port Ardrossan, United Kingdom
Arrival Date 1979-05-23
Principal Scientist(s) David J Ellett (Scottish Marine Biological Association)
Responsible Organisation Scottish Marine Biological Association
Associated Project(s)
IHB Sea Areas Visited North East Atlantic Ocean (limit 40W)
Marsden Squares Visited 181;466/181;467/181;468/181;469/181;499/182;350/182;370/182;371
Work Area Description
Unable to lookup cruise bounds at this time
Work Area Bounding Polygon
Southern Limit unknown
Northern Limit unknown
Western Limit unknown
Eastern Limit unknown

Cruise Inventory Datasets

Physical oceanography  
CTD stations Quantity: number of stations = 22
Description: salinity noisy  
Current meters Quantity: number of stations = 5
Current meters Quantity: number of stations = 4
Description: numbers of meters on the 4 SMBA stations are 4,4,4 and 2, respectively  
Water bottle stations Quantity: number of stations = 40
Description: S surface only  
Chemical oceanography  
Radioactivity Quantity: number of samples = 10
Description: water samples for radio-caesium monitoring.  
Biology and fisheries  
Zoobenthos Quantity: number of hauls = 1
Description: agassiz trawl haul.  

Cruise Inventory Mooring/Buoy Operations

No information on datasets is currently available

Summary of BODC Data Holdings for the Cruise

National Oceanographic Database


# Series Instrument Description Parameters
22 CTD/STD cast Salinity of the water column
Temperature of the water column
Vertical spatial coordinates

Note: Parameter terms are taken from the BODC Parameter Discovery Vocabulary XML (SKOS)

Full List

BODC Reference Instrument Description Date/Time Location  
98627 CTD/STD cast 1979-05-13 00:20Z 60° 19' N, 9° 7' W Click for more
98639 CTD/STD cast 1979-05-13 01:30Z 60° 17' N, 9° 10' W Click for more
98640 CTD/STD cast 1979-05-13 03:03Z 60° 16' N, 9° 13' W Click for more
98652 CTD/STD cast 1979-05-20 17:09Z 57° 27' N, 11° 4' W Click for more
98664 CTD/STD cast 1979-05-20 18:53Z 57° 24' N, 10° 52' W Click for more
98676 CTD/STD cast 1979-05-20 20:28Z 57° 22' N, 10° 39' W Click for more
98688 CTD/STD cast 1979-05-21 06:50Z 57° 18' N, 10° 23' W Click for more
98707 CTD/STD cast 1979-05-21 09:30Z 57° 13' N, 10° 3' W Click for more
98719 CTD/STD cast 1979-05-21 12:10Z 57° 9' N, 9° 42' W Click for more
98720 CTD/STD cast 1979-05-21 14:22Z 57° 6' N, 9° 25' W Click for more
98732 CTD/STD cast 1979-05-21 16:00Z 57° 3' N, 9° 13' W Click for more
98744 CTD/STD cast 1979-05-21 17:30Z 57° 0' N, 8° 59' W Click for more
98756 CTD/STD cast 1979-05-21 18:40Z 56° 57' N, 8° 46' W Click for more
98768 CTD/STD cast 1979-05-21 20:18Z 56° 52' N, 8° 30' W Click for more
98781 CTD/STD cast 1979-05-21 21:33Z 56° 51' N, 8° 19' W Click for more
98793 CTD/STD cast 1979-05-21 23:22Z 56° 46' N, 8° 0' W Click for more
98800 CTD/STD cast 1979-05-22 01:00Z 56° 43' N, 7° 40' W Click for more
98812 CTD/STD cast 1979-05-22 02:48Z 56° 43' N, 7° 19' W Click for more
98824 CTD/STD cast 1979-05-22 04:25Z 56° 43' N, 7° 0' W Click for more
98836 CTD/STD cast 1979-05-22 05:46Z 56° 44' N, 6° 45' W Click for more
98848 CTD/STD cast 1979-05-22 07:10Z 56° 43' N, 6° 27' W Click for more
98861 CTD/STD cast 1979-05-22 08:35Z 56° 43' N, 6° 16' W Click for more

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