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BODC Cruise Metadata Report for RRS Discovery (74E3) cruise D105


This report collates information from the BODC cruise inventory and oceanographic databases. It presents

Cruise Inventory Information

Long name RRS Discovery (74E3) cruise D105
Short name D105
Objectives and Narrative 1. Continued benthic and midwater sampling in the Porcupine Sea Bight area for comparison with data gained on previous cruises.
2. A day and night vertical series of midwater hauls for S.M.B.A biologists at their routine benthic sampling station in the Rockall Trough.
3. A series of oblique midwater hauls along the 13W or 17W meridian to investigate the influence of the Mediterranean outflow and the delineation of zoogeographic boundaries.
4. A transect of benthic sledge tows out from the continental shelf of North West Africa to abyssal plain depths.
5. A survey of any fronts encountered in the Porcupine Sea Bight area.
6. Midwater hauls using the low level photometer to fish specific isolumes.
Ship RRS Discovery
Departure Port Barry, United Kingdom
Departure Date 1979-08-29
Arrival Port South Shields, United Kingdom
Arrival Date 1979-10-23
Principal Scientist(s) Peter J Herring (Institute of Oceanographic Sciences Wormley Laboratory)
Responsible Organisation Institute of Oceanographic Sciences Wormley Laboratory
Associated Project(s)
IHB Sea Areas Visited North East Atlantic Ocean (limit 40W)
Marsden Squares Visited 110/146/182/74/75
Work Area Description
Work Area Bounding Polygon 20N,30W; 60N,30W; 60N,10W; 20N,10W; 20N,30W
Southern Limit 20N
Northern Limit 60N
Western Limit 30W
Eastern Limit 10W

Cruise Inventory Datasets

Physical oceanography  
CTD stations Quantity: number of stations = 15
Optics (eg underwater light levels) Quantity: 28
Surface measurements underway (T,S) Description:  
Chemical oceanography  
Oxygen Quantity: 5
Biology and fisheries  
Birds Description: identification,physiology,population structures  
Nekton Description:  
Neuston Description:  
Other biological/fisheries measurement Description: bioluminescence  
Zoobenthos Quantity: 26
Zooplankton Description:  
Geology and geophysics  
Core - soft bottom Quantity: number of cores = 2

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
2 CTD/STD cast Electrical conductivity of the water column
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  
289386 CTD/STD cast 1979-09-01 07:44Z to 1979-09-01 07:46Z 54° 37' N, 12° 25' W Click for more
289398 CTD/STD cast 1979-09-11 18:26Z 49° 40' N, 14° 3' W Click for more

Project Database

No data currently held for this cruise in the BODC Project Database


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