RRS John Murray JM4B/76 (IMER/FLEX/3/76)
Cruise summary report
|Ship name (ship code)||RRS John Murray (74MJ)|
|Cruise identifier||JM4B/76 (IMER/FLEX/3/76)|
|Cruise period||1976-04-15 — 1976-04-25|
|Port of departure||Aberdeen, United Kingdom|
|Port of return||Aberdeen, United Kingdom|
|Objectives||On the 15th April Researcher set course for the centre of the FLEX square. Continuous logging of surface temperature, sailting, chlorophyll and nitrate using non-toxic pumped sea-water supply from 3m depth. This logging continued throughout the cruise whenever the ship was underway. Half hourly navigational and hourly meteorological observations were taken continually while the ship was at sea.
Reversing water bottle casts were used as a calibration check for UOR T and S sensors. Reversing water bottle casts were made to 8 or 9 depths at every station. The UOR was towed 7 times and CPR was towed 6 times at stations 0, 2A, 2C, 3B and UOR surveys. UOR surveys IA and IB: Leg 1 and Leg 2 of FLEX grid. UOR tows 3 & 5 and CPR tows 3 & 5. Suvey II: UOR tow 6 & 7 and CPR tow 6. 2 HSLE oblique plankton hauls and 1 LHPR oblique plankton haul made at station 9A and 1 LHPR haul at station 9B. HSLE surveys with 1/2 hourly HSLE hauls were made along Legs 1(2B), 2(3A), 3 (4A), 4 and 5 of FLEX grid. Light attenuation profiles made at stations 8A, 6A and 4B. Large volume water samples taken at stations 8A(1), 6A(5), 9B(2), 1B and 4B. Water samples for C14 experiment at station 8A. 4 sediment trap moorings were recovered and re-laid: closer to station 9; station 1A re-laid; station 5A re-laid 1/2 mile from JONSDAP mooring 91; and station 1B re-laid.
Stations: 0, 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B, 2C, 3A,3B, 4A, 5A, 5B, 6A, 7A, 8A, 9, 9A and 9B.
Bad weather and engine trouble reduced effective time in FLEX area from the planned 14 days to 6. FLEX grid was reduced from the 4 surveys planned to 2 partial surveys with UOR/CPR. Only 16 of planned 36 stations worked. Nevertheless, sampling was sufficient to obtain a reasonable impression of conditions during start of phytoplankton bloom. A thermocline was observered before the first stormy period. Chlorophyll concentrations were recorded.
|Chief scientist||Robert H Bruce (Institute of Marine Environmental Research, Plymouth)|
|Project||JONSDAP 76 (FLEX)|
|Cruise report||(0.58 MB)|
|Surface measurements underway (T,S)||Quantity: track kilometres = 2410|
|Bathythermograph||Quantity: number of profiles = 30|
|Water bottle stations||Quantity: number of stations = 17|
|Subsurface temperature and salinity measurements||Quantity: track kilometres = 1111|
|Transparency (eg transmissometer)||Quantity: number of stations = 4|
|Phosphate||Quantity: number of stations = 17|
|Nitrate||Quantity: track kilometres = 1852|
Description: continuous surface nitrate recording
|Nitrate||Quantity: number of stations = 17|
|Nitrite||Quantity: number of stations = 17|
|Silicate||Quantity: number of stations = 17|
|Biology and fisheries|
|Primary productivity||Quantity: number of stations = 4|
|Phytoplankton pigs (eg chlorophyll, fluorescence)||Quantity: track kilometres = 1852|
Description: 1000nm cont. surface chlorophyll recording
|Phytoplankton||Quantity: number of stations = 17|
|Zooplankton||Quantity: number of hauls = 100|
Description: hauls;survey:population,biomass determination etc.
|Routine standard measurements|