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BODC Cruise Metadata Report for RRS Challenger (74CH) cruise CH2/82


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Cruise Inventory Information

Long name RRS Challenger (74CH) cruise CH2/82
Short name CH2/82
Objectives and Narrative The objectives of this cruise were:
(1) To service current meter moorings at stations R (57N, 9W), M (57 deg 18 min N, 10 deg 23 min W), F (57.5N, 12.25W), A1 (52.5N, 14 deg 46 min W) and A2 (52.5 N, 14 deg 56 min W), to lay a mooring at Y (Tiree Passage: 56 deg 37 min N, 6 deg 24 min W) and deploy the corrosion potential current meter off South Uist). Moorings R and F recovered and re-laid: Tiree Passage mooring deployed.
(2) To service MAFF current meter moorings at A3 (52.5N, 15 deg 16 min W) and A4 (52.5 N, 15 deg 26 min W) and IOS Bidston pressure gauge at 56 deg 41 min N, 11 deg 32 min W). Check Bidston pressure gauge at 57 deg 10 min N, 10 deg 6 min W. No time to service A3/A4 due to poor weather. Pressure gauge destroyed in an accident during recovery. Other gauge confirmed in position.
(3) To work the Rockall via Anton Dohrn Seamount CTD section and other sections across the southern Rockall Channel. Not done due to winch problems and poor weather.
(4) To collect large-volume surface and sub-surface water samples for radiocaesium analysis with CTD profiles on stations. Surface samples at all 10 stations plus Tiree Passage site with sub-surface samples on 6. CTD profiles were possible on 4.
(5) To make Agassiz trawl and benthic sledge hauls to the east of the Anton Dohrn Seamount and at the SMBA permanent benthos station (54.5N). One sledge haul on the seamount possible producing a good catch.
(6) To work CTD sections in the Sea of the Hebrides. Not possible due to poor weather.
(7) To collect underway surface temperature and salinity samples along track. Accomplished.
Ship RRS Challenger
Departure Port Ardrossan, United Kingdom
Departure Date 1982-01-26
Arrival Port Ardrossan, United Kingdom
Arrival Date 1982-02-09
Principal Scientist(s) David J Ellett (Scottish Marine Biological Association)
Responsible Organisation Scottish Marine Biological Association
Associated Project(s) Ellett Line
IHB Sea Areas Visited North East Atlantic Ocean (limit 40W)
Marsden Squares Visited 181;4/182;3
Work Area Description North Atlantic
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 = 4
Current meters Quantity: number of stations = 3
Description: 1 new mooring and 2 relaid;5 c.m.:113d;1 c.m.:12days  
Subsurface temperature and salinity measurements Description: Surface temperature and salinity samples taken at frequent intervals throughout the cruise.  
Water bottle stations Quantity: number of stations = 5
Chemical oceanography  
Radioactivity Quantity: number of stations = 10
Description: water samples for radio-caesium determination.  
Biology and fisheries  
Other biological/fisheries measurement Description:  
Zoobenthos Description: survey:taxonomy,population  

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
4 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  
312747 CTD/STD cast 1982-01-27 15:06Z 56° 40' N, 6° 16' W Click for more
312759 CTD/STD cast 1982-01-27 16:31Z 56° 44' N, 6° 28' W Click for more
312760 CTD/STD cast 1982-01-27 18:44Z 56° 44' N, 6° 45' W Click for more
312772 CTD/STD cast 1982-01-27 20:24Z 56° 43' N, 7° 0' W Click for more

Project Database

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


Track Charts

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Cruise Report