Cruise inventory

Jointly supported by BODC and the Marine Environmental Data and Information Network

The RV Prince Madog. One of many in the UK's fleet of research vessels
The RV Prince Madog. One of many in the UK's fleet of research vessels ©

The cruise inventory is a catalogue of UK research vessel activities dating from 1947 to the present day. Currently, it contains entries for 17051 cruises from 777 individual ships. It also contains details of non-UK marine research activities in British territorial waters.

It is a valuable resource for scientists, programme managers and data managers providing information on who has collected what, where and when, in addition to details of measurements taken and samples collected.

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The information is assembled using Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) Cruise Summary Report (CSR, formerly ROSCOP) forms. These are completed by the Principal Scientific Officer (PSO) or appropriate ship's officer for each research cruise or voyage. Forms from UK activities are submitted to BODC. Information on non-UK cruises comes from Notification of Proposed Research Cruise (NPRC) documents submitted to the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO).

Whereas CSRs provide a summary of cruise activities, more detailed cruise information is provided in the Cruise Report which is produced in the months following the end of the cruise.

Documentation available

The following documentation is available in both Microsoft Word and Adobe PDF formats

  • Notes for filling in the Cruise Summary Report Form Download notes in Microsoft Word  (111 KB)  Download notes in Adobe PDF (133 KB)
  • Cruise Summary Report Form  Download form in Microsoft Word  (432 KB)  Download form in Adobe PDF (1043 KB)
  • BODC Guide to Cruise Report Compilation  Download form in Microsoft Word  (64 KB)  Download form in Adobe PDF (133 KB)
  • BODC Guide to Cruise Data Management  Download in Microsoft Word  (60 KB)  Download in Adobe PDF (40 KB)

Marine Environmental Data and Information Network (MEDIN)

MEDIN reports to the Marine Science Coordination Committee (MSCC), a Government Committee established to help the UK to face up to future marine science challenges.

One of the aims of MEDIN is to improve the accessibility and availability of marine data through the development, maintenance and dissemination of catalogues and inventories of marine data. The cruise inventory is one of the catalogues maintained by the group in collaboration with BODC.

SeaDataNet - a distributed Marine Data Infrastructure

The SeaDataNet community maintains a database of Cruise Summary Reports from other countries, including forms from the UK submitted through BODC.