RV Prince Madog PD36/11

Cruise summary report

Cruise Info. 
Ship name (ship code)RV Prince Madog (74P2)
Cruise identifierPD36/11
Cruise period2011-09-08 — 2011-09-17
Port of departureMenai Bridge, United Kingdom
Port of returnMenai Bridge, United Kingdom

Observation of deepening ocean surface boundary layer processes at a fetch limited site where the wave field is locally generated, fetch limited and aligned to the wind. We specifically aim to collect data to test the scaling hypotheses for Langmuir turbulence and shear spike.


1. Collection of time series data using moored instrumentation. For the first time we will aim to collect a time series of the rate of dissipation of TKE using an ADCP deployed on a mooring wire.
2. Collection of high resolution vertical profiles using a loosely tethered VMP microstructure profiler together with velocity profiles from the ships ADCP.
3. Collection of horizontal transect data, including dissipation of TKE and bubbles, from an AUV. OSMOSIS proposal required 3 separate missions in contrasting weather conditions.

A further objective was later defined in relation to developing the capacity for near surface dissipation measurements from a glider with a microstructure package.
Chief scientistTom Rippeth (Bangor University School of Ocean Sciences)
Cruise reportRV Prince Madog PD36/11 cruise report pd36_11.pdf (0.12 MB) 
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralInner Seas off the West Coast of Scotland
SpecificFirth of Clyde, Sound of Bute