RV Belgica 2014-18

Cruise plan

Cruise Info. 
Ship name (ship code)RV Belgica (11BE)
Cruise identifier2014-18
Cruise period2014-07-07 — 2014-07-11
Port of departureZeebrugge, Belgium
Port of returnZeebrugge, Belgium
ObjectivesThe HIGHROC project will carry out the R&D necessary for the next generation coastal water products and services from ocean colour satellite data. These services are aimed at applications such as monitoring of chlorophyll a and turbidity for the Marine Strategy Framework Directive and monitoring of suspended sediments associated with offshore activities (dredging, wind farms, etc.). HIGHROC will derive coastal water quality parameters from satellites including
a) Sentinel‐2 (S2) imagery at 10‐20m resolution
b) SEVIRI imagery at 15 min resolution.

In situ measurements will be carried out on dedicated test sites and used to validate the new S2 and SEVIRI products.
Chief scientistKevin Ruddick (Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, Operational Directorate Natural Environment, Ostend)
NPRCRV Belgica 2014-18 NPRC belgica_2014-18.pdf (0.17 MB) 
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralNorth Sea
SpecificBelgian and adjacent Dutch part of the North Sea, including the Scheldt estuary, and the UK continental shelf.