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RRS James Cook JC087

Cruise summary report

Cruise Info. 
Ship name (ship code)RRS James Cook (740H)
Cruise identifierJC087
Cruise period2013-05-31 — 2013-06-18
StatusCompleted
Port of departureGlasgow, United Kingdom
Port of returnGlasgow, United Kingdom
PurposeResearch
ObjectivesThis cruise involves 19 research scientists from 7 European nations bringing together a very wide range of expertise including chemists, biologists, physicists and biogeochemical modellers. Many of these individuals are involved with the EU programme EuroBASIN. EuroBASIN is part of the trans-Atlantic BASIN initiative. This involves scientists from US, Canada and EU who are investigating how climatic and human activity affects the North Atlantic ecosystem.

The objective of the cruise is to use a wide variety of approaches to characterise the biological communities in the Euphotic and Twilight zones using water bottles, nets and video systems. We then characterise the chemical and physical environment and examine the sinking particles and the rate of downward flux of material using water samples, photographic approaches and the free drifting sediment trap PELAGRA.
Chief scientistRichard Stephen Lampitt (National Oceanography Centre, Southampton)
ProjectPorcupine Abyssal Plain deep ocean observatory
Coordinating bodyNatural Environment Research Council (NERC)
Cruise reportRRS James Cook JC087 cruise report jc087.pdf (5.13 MB) 
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralNorth East Atlantic Ocean (limit 40W)
SpecificPorcupine Abyssal Plain
Track chartsRRS James Cook JC087 cruise track — jc087trk.pdf (0.32 MB) 
Measurements 
Physical oceanography 
Subsurface temperature and salinity measurementsQuantity: number of track lines = 1
Description: Underway sampling 4 hour frequency, throughout cruise
Optics (eg underwater light levels)Quantity: number of track lines = 1
Description: Underway sampling 4 hour frequency, throughout cruise
Optics (eg underwater light levels)Quantity: number of profiles = 23
Description: 23 casts, 2 x 4800m, 1 x 4787m, 1 x 500m, 1 x 250m, 18 x 200m
Instrumented wave measurementsQuantity: number of profiles = 9
Description: Turbulence probe deployments to 200m
Chemical oceanography 
Total - PQuantity: number of hauls = 9
Description: Bulk aerosol filter, flow rate 10l/min. For 24 hours on 0.2m polycarbonate filter, 45 mm diameter
NitrateQuantity: number of profiles = 9
Description: Seawater samples form 6 optical depths
NitrateQuantity: number of hauls = 9
Description: Bulk aerosol filter, flow rate 10l/min. For 24 hours on 0.2m polycarbonate filter, 45 mm diameter
NitriteQuantity: number of hauls = 9
Description: Bulk aerosol filter, flow rate 10l/min. For 24 hours on 0.2m polycarbonate filter, 45 mm diameter
AmmoniaQuantity: number of profiles = 9
Description: Seawater samples form 6 optical depths
SilicateQuantity: number of samples = 6
Description: Snowcatcher samples at 10m and 110m below Mixed Layer Depth,
AlkalinityQuantity: number of profiles = 1
Description: depths: 2, 5, 10, 15, 25, 35, 40, 65, 100, 150, 200, 400, 600, 800, 1000, 1500, 2000, 2250, 2500, 2750, 3000, 3250, 3500, 3750, 4000, 4500, 4800 m).
AlkalinityQuantity: number of profiles = 23
Description: 23 casts, 2 x 4800m, 1 x 4787m, 1 x 500m, 1 x 250m, 18 x 200m
Trace elementsQuantity: number of hauls = 9
Description: Bulk aerosol filter, flow rate 10l/min. For 24 hours on 0.2m polycarbonate filter, 45 mm diameter
Biology and fisheries 
Primary productivityQuantity: number of track lines = 1
Description: Underway sampling 4 hour frequency, throughout cruise
Primary productivityQuantity: number of profiles = 23
Description: 23 casts, 2 x 4800m, 1 x 4787m, 1 x 500m, 1 x 250m, 18 x 200m
Phytoplankton pigs (eg chlorophyll, fluorescence)Quantity: number of samples = 6
Description: Snowcatcher samples at 10m and 110m below Mixed Layer Depth,
Particulate organic matter (inc POC, PON)Quantity: number of profiles = 9
Description: Seawater samples form 6 optical depths
Particulate organic matter (inc POC, PON)Quantity: number of samples = 6
Description: Snowcatcher samples at 10m and 110m below Mixed Layer Depth,
Biochemical measurements (eg lipids, amino acids)Quantity: number of stations = 13
Description: Samples from multiple depths for lipid analysis
ZooplanktonQuantity: number of hauls = 5
Description: Hydrobios Multinet 335m. Opened/closed , 0-50m, 50-100m, 100-300m, 300-500m, 500-1000m (deepest first).
ZooplanktonQuantity: number of profiles = 30
Description: daVPR Video Plankton Recordings 500m x 22, 1000m x 8, haul rate 50m/min
ZooplanktonQuantity: number of hauls = 36
Description: WP2 net 90m. Vertical haul 0 - 100m, 0.5m/second
ZooplanktonQuantity: number of hauls = 9
Description: Hydrobios Multinet 50m. Opened/closed , 0-50m, 50-100m, 100-300m, 300-500m, 500-1000m (deepest first).
Acoustic reflection on marine organisms.Quantity: number of deployments = 2
Description: Sea mammal listening device deployed on Pelagras twice
Other biological/fisheries measurementQuantity: number of profiles = 23
Description: 23 casts, 2 x 4800m, 1 x 4787m, 1 x 500m, 1 x 250m, 18 x 200m
Other biological/fisheries measurementQuantity: number of samples = 6
Description: Snowcatcher samples at 10m and 110m below Mixed Layer Depth,
Moorings, landers, buoys 
Physical oceanography 
CTD stations48° 41' 38" N  15° 59' 40" W — Glider deployment 03/06/2013 at 07:42
CTD stations48° 38' 10" N  16° 6' 2" W — Glider recovery 09/06/2013 at 09:26
Optics (eg underwater light levels)48° 41' 38" N  15° 59' 40" W — Glider deployment 03/06/2013 at 07:42
Optics (eg underwater light levels)48° 38' 10" N  16° 6' 2" W — Glider recovery 09/06/2013 at 09:26
Surface drifters/drifting buoys48° 38' 55" N  16° 8' 32" W — Pelagra deployment (P2) 03/06/2013 at 18:40
Surface drifters/drifting buoys48° 47' 39" N  15° 59' 40" W — Pelagra test 03/06/2013 at 09:30
Surface drifters/drifting buoys48° 38' 55" N  16° 8' 32" W — Pelagra deployment (P4) 03/06/2013 at 19:08
Surface drifters/drifting buoys48° 38' 55" N  16° 8' 32" W — Pelagra deployment (P4) 05/06/2013 at 05:55
Surface drifters/drifting buoys48° 38' 57" N  16° 8' 30" W — Pelagra deployment (P5) 05/06/2013 at 06:15
Surface drifters/drifting buoys48° 38' 58" N  16° 8' 24" W — Pelagra deployment (P7) 05/06/2013 at 07:00
Surface drifters/drifting buoys48° 38' 59" N  16° 8' 20" W — Pelagra deployment (P8) 05/06/2013 at 07:22
Surface drifters/drifting buoys48° 36' 1" N  16° 13' 48" W — Pelagra deployment (P8) 06/06/2013 at 02:25
Surface drifters/drifting buoys48° 36' 3" N  16° 13' 50" W — Pelagra deployment (P7) 06/06/2013 at 02:45
Surface drifters/drifting buoys48° 32' 26" N  16° 18' 55" W — Pelagra deployment (P8) 06/06/2013 at 18:03
Surface drifters/drifting buoys48° 38' 53" N  16° 8' 29" W — Pelagra deployment (P6) 09/06/2013 at 14:09
Surface drifters/drifting buoys48° 32' 27" N  16° 19' 1" W — Pelagra deployment (P7) 06/06/2013 at 18:25
Surface drifters/drifting buoys48° 38' 53" N  16° 8' 29" W — Pelagra deployment (P7) 09/06/2013 at 13:54
Surface drifters/drifting buoys48° 39' 54" N  16° 8' 34" W — Pelagra deployment (P7) 03/06/2013 at 18:22
Surface drifters/drifting buoys48° 36' 5" N  16° 13' 50" W — Pelagra deployment (P4) 06/06/2013 at 03:02
Surface drifters/drifting buoys48° 38' 57" N  16° 8' 26" W — Pelagra deployment (P6) 05/06/2013 at 06:45
Surface drifters/drifting buoys48° 39' 7" N  16° 8' 33" W — Pelagra deployment (P4) 09/06/2013 at 13:24
Surface drifters/drifting buoys48° 38' 54" N  16° 8' 31" W — Pelagra deployment (P8) 09/06/2013 at 13:34
Surface drifters/drifting buoys48° 39' 37" N  16° 16' 50" W — Pelagra deployment (P6) 10/06/2013 at 00:13
Surface drifters/drifting buoys48° 39' 39" N  16° 16' 48" W — Pelagra deployment (P8) 10/06/2013 at 00:23
Surface drifters/drifting buoys48° 40' 2" N  16° 33' 8" W — Pelagra deployment (P7) 10/06/2013 at 20:37
Surface drifters/drifting buoys48° 38' 54" N  16° 8' 34" W — Pelagra camera 13/06/2013 at 18:35
Surface drifters/drifting buoys48° 38' 53" N  16° 8' 31" W — Pelagra camera 14/06/2013 at 01:22
Instrumented wave measurements48° 47' 39" N  15° 59' 40" W — Turbulence probe test 03/06/2013 at 10:25
Chemical oceanography 
Oxygen48° 41' 38" N  15° 59' 40" W — Glider deployment 03/06/2013 at 07:42
Oxygen48° 38' 10" N  16° 6' 2" W — Glider recovery 09/06/2013 at 09:26
Biology and fisheries 
Phytoplankton pigs (eg chlorophyll, fluorescence)48° 41' 38" N  15° 59' 40" W — Glider deployment 03/06/2013 at 07:42
Phytoplankton pigs (eg chlorophyll, fluorescence)48° 38' 10" N  16° 6' 2" W — Glider recovery 09/06/2013 at 09:26
Zooplankton48° 41' 35" N  15° 59' 35" W — Multinet test 03/06/2013 at 11:11
Data held at BODC 
Series/Profiles 
44  Bottle station
Quality control flags
Ammonium and ammonia concentration parameters in water bodies
Chlorophyll pigment concentrations in water bodies
Vertical spatial coordinates
Silicate concentration parameters in the water column
Nitrate concentration parameters in the water column
Reference numbers
Nitrite concentration parameters in the water column
Phosphate concentration parameters in the water column
Quality control flags
Ammonium and ammonia concentration parameters in water bodies
Chlorophyll pigment concentrations in water bodies
Vertical spatial coordinates
Silicate concentration parameters in the water column
Nitrate concentration parameters in the water column
Reference numbers
Nitrite concentration parameters in the water column
Phosphate concentration parameters in the water column

BODC idDate/TimeLocationDoc.
19277022013-06-03 12:31 48° 41' 59" N  16° 2' 1" W  View metadata report for BODC series reference number 1927702
19277142013-06-07 08:36 48° 38' 54" N  16° 8' 34" W  View metadata report for BODC series reference number 1927714
19277262013-06-03 20:38 48° 38' 55" N  16° 8' 33" W  View metadata report for BODC series reference number 1927726
19277382013-06-10 03:46 48° 38' 55" N  16° 8' 34" W  View metadata report for BODC series reference number 1927738
19277512013-06-10 08:35 48° 38' 54" N  16° 8' 34" W  View metadata report for BODC series reference number 1927751
19277632013-06-11 08:53 48° 38' 57" N  16° 8' 35" W  View metadata report for BODC series reference number 1927763
19277752013-06-13 04:43 48° 38' 54" N  16° 8' 34" W  View metadata report for BODC series reference number 1927775
18806012013-06-03 12:31 48° 41' 59" N  16° 2' 1" W  View metadata report for BODC series reference number 1880601
18806132013-06-07 08:36 48° 38' 54" N  16° 8' 34" W  View metadata report for BODC series reference number 1880613
18806252013-06-03 20:38 48° 38' 55" N  16° 8' 33" W  View metadata report for BODC series reference number 1880625
18806372013-06-10 03:46 48° 38' 55" N  16° 8' 34" W  View metadata report for BODC series reference number 1880637
18806492013-06-10 08:35 48° 38' 54" N  16° 8' 34" W  View metadata report for BODC series reference number 1880649
18806502013-06-11 08:53 48° 38' 57" N  16° 8' 35" W  View metadata report for BODC series reference number 1880650
18806622013-06-13 04:43 48° 38' 54" N  16° 8' 34" W  View metadata report for BODC series reference number 1880662
18806742013-06-13 08:38 48° 38' 55" N  16° 8' 34" W  View metadata report for BODC series reference number 1880674
18806862013-06-14 04:16 48° 38' 54" N  16° 8' 34" W  View metadata report for BODC series reference number 1880686
18806982013-06-14 08:41 48° 38' 54" N  16° 8' 34" W  View metadata report for BODC series reference number 1880698
18807052013-06-14 11:43 48° 38' 54" N  16° 8' 34" W  View metadata report for BODC series reference number 1880705
18807172013-06-05 04:10 48° 38' 55" N  16° 8' 34" W  View metadata report for BODC series reference number 1880717
18807292013-06-05 07:58 48° 39' 0" N  16° 8' 19" W  View metadata report for BODC series reference number 1880729
18807302013-06-05 10:23 48° 38' 55" N  16° 8' 34" W  View metadata report for BODC series reference number 1880730
18807422013-06-05 13:24 48° 38' 55" N  16° 8' 34" W  View metadata report for BODC series reference number 1880742
18807542013-06-06 03:58 48° 38' 55" N  16° 8' 34" W  View metadata report for BODC series reference number 1880754
18807662013-06-06 08:23 48° 38' 55" N  16° 8' 33" W  View metadata report for BODC series reference number 1880766
18807782013-06-06 19:45 48° 38' 54" N  16° 8' 33" W  View metadata report for BODC series reference number 1880778
18807912013-06-08 03:42 48° 38' 55" N  16° 8' 36" W  View metadata report for BODC series reference number 1880791
18808092013-06-08 10:26 48° 39' 2" N  16° 29' 17" W  View metadata report for BODC series reference number 1880809
18808102013-06-09 07:18 48° 38' 54" N  16° 8' 34" W  View metadata report for BODC series reference number 1880810
18808222013-06-09 15:07 48° 38' 54" N  16° 8' 28" W  View metadata report for BODC series reference number 1880822
18808342013-06-09 19:08 48° 38' 24" N  16° 8' 34" W  View metadata report for BODC series reference number 1880834
19277872013-06-13 08:38 48° 38' 55" N  16° 8' 34" W  View metadata report for BODC series reference number 1927787
19277992013-06-14 04:16 48° 38' 54" N  16° 8' 34" W  View metadata report for BODC series reference number 1927799
19278062013-06-14 08:41 48° 38' 54" N  16° 8' 34" W  View metadata report for BODC series reference number 1927806
19278182013-06-14 11:43 48° 38' 54" N  16° 8' 34" W  View metadata report for BODC series reference number 1927818
19278312013-06-05 04:10 48° 38' 55" N  16° 8' 34" W  View metadata report for BODC series reference number 1927831
19278432013-06-05 07:58 48° 39' 0" N  16° 8' 19" W  View metadata report for BODC series reference number 1927843
19278552013-06-05 10:23 48° 38' 55" N  16° 8' 34" W  View metadata report for BODC series reference number 1927855
19278672013-06-06 03:58 48° 38' 55" N  16° 8' 34" W  View metadata report for BODC series reference number 1927867
19278792013-06-06 19:45 48° 38' 54" N  16° 8' 33" W  View metadata report for BODC series reference number 1927879
19278802013-06-08 03:42 48° 38' 55" N  16° 8' 36" W  View metadata report for BODC series reference number 1927880
19278922013-06-08 10:26 48° 39' 2" N  16° 29' 17" W  View metadata report for BODC series reference number 1927892
19279112013-06-09 07:18 48° 38' 54" N  16° 8' 34" W  View metadata report for BODC series reference number 1927911
19279232013-06-09 15:07 48° 38' 54" N  16° 8' 28" W  View metadata report for BODC series reference number 1927923
19279352013-06-09 19:08 48° 38' 24" N  16° 8' 34" W  View metadata report for BODC series reference number 1927935
Discrete samples 
24  CTD frame plus rosette samplerAlkalinity, acidity and pH of the water column
Salinity of the water column
Total dissolved inorganic carbon (TCO2) concentration in the water column
Dissolved oxygen parameters in the water column
Experiment state variables
69  Sample taken from ship's non-toxic supply