RV Belgica 2010-10

Cruise summary report

Cruise Info. 
Ship name (ship code)RV Belgica (11BE)
Cruise identifier2010-10
Cruise period2010-04-19 — 2010-04-23
Port of departureZeebrugge, Belgium
Port of returnZeebrugge, Belgium
ObjectivesObjectives (BELCOLOUR-2 project)

Make in-situ measurements simultaneous with satellite overpasses of MERIS (Medium Resolution Imaging Spectrometer) and MODIS (Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectrometer), measurements of a very detailed set of apparent and inherent optical properties (optical closure, characterisation of specific inherent optical properties for use in algorithm calibration/evaluation) and
measurement of carbon-related parameters (partial pressure of CO2, primary production).

Carry out a lab experiment to investigate the influence of particle aggregation on IOPs.

Objectives (AMORE-3 project)

Study of phytoplankton ecophysiology and more particularly photoadaptation properties.
Test the FlowCAM, a real-time digital imaging flow cytometry in field conditions, and more particularly the possibility for continuous measurements and real time analysis of natural phytoplankton communities present in spring in the Southern Bight of the North Sea.
Chief scientistGriet Neukermans (RBINS Management Unit of North Sea and Scheldt Estuary Mathematical Models)
Cruise reportRV Belgica 2010-10 cruise report belgica_2010-10.pdf (0.21 MB) 
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralNorth Sea
SpecificSouthern North Sea
Track chartsRV Belgica 2010-10 cruise track — belgica_2010-10trk.pdf (0.02 MB)