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BODC Cruise Metadata Report for RRS Challenger (74CH) cruise CH15/80


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Cruise Inventory Information

Long name RRS Challenger (74CH) cruise CH15/80
Short name CH15/80
Objectives and Narrative The objectives of this cruise were:
(1) To service current meter moorings at stations M, F (deep water) and R (shelf). Mooring at R recovered. Mooring at M lost. Both moorings relaid. No work on F.
(2) To lay a current meter mooring at station P. Not done.
(3) To service four IOS moorings in the Rockall Channel. Three of four moorings (I1-I3) successfully recovered.. I1, I2 and I4 relaid.
(4) To work the DML Rockall via Anton Dohrn Seamount CTD section. Not possible due to poor weather.
(5) To collect large-volume surface water samples for radiocaesium analysis, accompanied by CTD profiles, at stations across the Scottish continental shelf. Accomplished with CTD profiles at all but one station.
(6) Collect cores in the Northern Rockall Trough. Two cores obtained.
Ship RRS Challenger
Departure Port Oban, United Kingdom
Departure Date 1980-09-29
Arrival Port Liverpool, United Kingdom
Arrival Date 1980-10-13
Principal Scientist(s) Roy Bowers (Scottish Marine Biological Association)
Responsible Organisation Scottish Marine Biological Association
Associated Project(s) Ellett Line
IHB Sea Areas Visited Inner Seas off the West Coast of Scotland, North East Atlantic Ocean (limit 40W)
Marsden Squares Visited 181;466/181;467/181;468/181;469/182/184;477/217;209
Work Area Description North Atlantic/ Rockall Channel/ Scottish Cont. Shelf
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 = 10
Current meters Quantity: number of recoveries = 12
Description: 2x32 days;10x165 days  
Other physical oceanographic measurements Quantity: number of deployments = 1
Description: not recovered, IOS exp. mooring checked.  
Water bottle stations Quantity: number of stations = 5
Description: S surface only  
Chemical oceanography  
Radioactivity Quantity: number of samples = 10
Description: water samples for radio-caesium monitoring.  
Geology and geophysics  
Core - soft bottom Quantity: number of deployments = 2
Multi-beam echosounding Quantity: track kilometres = 36

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
10 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  
186848 CTD/STD cast 1980-10-02 09:00Z 56° 40' N, 6° 17' W Click for more
186861 CTD/STD cast 1980-10-02 10:06Z 56° 43' N, 6° 27' W Click for more
186873 CTD/STD cast 1980-10-02 11:58Z 56° 43' N, 6° 43' W Click for more
186885 CTD/STD cast 1980-10-02 13:24Z 56° 43' N, 7° 0' W Click for more
186897 CTD/STD cast 1980-10-02 15:14Z 56° 43' N, 7° 20' W Click for more
186904 CTD/STD cast 1980-10-02 17:06Z 56° 43' N, 7° 40' W Click for more
186916 CTD/STD cast 1980-10-02 19:06Z 56° 46' N, 8° 0' W Click for more
186928 CTD/STD cast 1980-10-02 22:10Z 56° 52' N, 8° 29' W Click for more
186941 CTD/STD cast 1980-10-06 13:30Z 58° 52' N, 11° 39' W Click for more
186953 CTD/STD cast 1980-10-11 15:40Z 56° 48' N, 9° 22' W Click for more

Project Database

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


Track Charts

Track Chart


Cruise Report