Cruise inventory

RRS Charles Darwin CD34A

Cruise summary report

Cruise Info. 
Ship name (ship code)RRS Charles Darwin (74AB)
Cruise identifierCD34A
Cruise period1988-08-15 — 1988-09-30
StatusCompleted
Port of departureAuckland, New Zealand
Port of returnSuva, Fiji
PurposeResearch
ObjectivesThe objective of the cruise was to study the physical oceanography of the surface layers of the western Pacific and their interaction with the atmosphere. In particular it was hoped to obtain information on how El Nino events may be triggered in the region.
Chief scientistDavid J Webb (Institute of Oceanographic Sciences Wormley Laboratory)
Cruise reportRRS Charles Darwin CD34A cruise report cd34a.pdf — access key 'C' (0.75 MB) 
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralNorth West Pacific Ocean (limit 180W)
SpecificWestern Pacific, north of New Guinea
Track chartsRRS Charles Darwin CD34A cruise track — trk3482.html
Measurements 
Physical oceanography 
Surface measurements underway (T,S)
Water bottle stationsQuantity: number of samples = 561
Description: underway salinity measurements for seasonal calibration
CTD stationsQuantity: number of stations = 12
Subsurface temperature and salinity measurementsQuantity: track kilometres = 4500
Description: SEASOAR
Current profiler (eg ADCP)Quantity: track kilometres = 11000
Description: ADCP
Meteorology 
Routine standard measurements
Other meteorological measurementsDescription: SST, wet & dry bulb temp., wind speed & direction, short & long wave radiation
Geology and geophysics 
Multi-beam echosoundingQuantity: track kilometres = 12000
Gravity measurementsQuantity: track kilometres = 10500