Cruise inventory

RRS Discovery D160A

Cruise summary report

Cruise Info. 
Ship name (ship code)RRS Discovery (74E3)
Cruise identifierD160A
Cruise period1986-07-28 — 1986-08-08
StatusCompleted
Port of departureFalmouth, United Kingdom
Port of returnFalmouth, United Kingdom
PurposeResearch
ObjectivesThis was the last of a series of three cruises in the English Channel, aimed at determining both the concentrations of biogeochemically active metals, on the individual cruises, and how they vary with the annual cycle in biological production, by comparing results from the different cruises. On each cruise, a grid of 48 stations was to be worked across the English Channel from 0 30' to 5 30'W. In addition on this, the final cruise, it was possible to occupy three stations at the shelf edge. These stations enabled pristine ocean water to be collected by the same systems as used in the Channel and should, by comparison, provide valuable information on the accuracy and precision of our measurements. In addition, a current and wave-monitoring buoy was laid.
Chief scientistDavid J Hydes (Institute of Oceanographic Sciences Wormley Laboratory)
Cruise reportRRS Discovery D160A cruise report d160a.pdf — access key 'C' (0.77 MB) 
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralEnglish Channel
North East Atlantic Ocean (limit 40W)
SpecificEnglish Channel
Track chartsRRS Discovery D160A cruise track — trk3306.html
Measurements 
Physical oceanography 
Water bottle stationsQuantity: number of stations = 48
CTD stationsQuantity: number of stations = 57
Chemical oceanography 
PhosphateQuantity: number of stations = 51
NitrateQuantity: number of stations = 51
SilicateQuantity: number of stations = 51
Trace elementsQuantity: number of stations = 51
Contamination 
Trace metalsQuantity: number of stations = 51
Biology and fisheries 
Phytoplankton pigs (eg chlorophyll, fluorescence)