FRV Scotia 1414S

Cruise plan

Cruise Info. 
Ship name (ship code)FRV Scotia (748S)
Cruise identifier1414S
Cruise period2014-09-23 — 2014-10-08
Port of departureAberdeen, United Kingdom
Port of returnAberdeen, United Kingdom

1. Recover an AWAC mooring in the Firth of Forth, deployed in July 2014 in a trawlproof frame and download the data.
2. Perform hydrographic sampling along the JONSIS long term monitoring section in the northern North Sea.
3. Perform hydrographic sampling along the long term monitoring Faroe-Shetland Channel sections: Munken-Fair Isle and Nolso-Flugga.
4. Take water samples for long term storage at Fair Isle - Munken section stations FIM-01 and FIM-06.
5. Take water samples for isotope analysis for St. Andrews University at all salinity sampling depths.
6. Take sediment samples at or near the Nolso - Flugga section stations - NOL-4 (1080m), NOL-3 (500m), NOL-2 (200m)
7. Take water samples for a Salford University pilot study on fish DNA analysis at Faroe - Cape Wrath section stations FWZ-12, FWZ-14 and FWZ-19.
8. Deploy the turbulence profiler for a tidal cycle near the location of ADCP moorings NWSD, NWSE and NWSF, respectively, deployed at positions adjacent to the Munken-Fair Isle section during 0514S.
9. Recover and download the data recovered from three ADCP moorings deployed at positions adjacent to the Munken-Fair Isle section during 0514S.
10. Re-deploy three ADCP moorings at positions adjacent to the Fair Isle - Munken section.
11. Make CDOM fluorometry measurements for hydrocarbons along the monitoring lines and take HC samples of calibration.
12. Take water samples for bacterial analysis by Heriot Water University at locations along the Long Term Monitoring sections.
13. Perform hydrographic sampling along the Cape Wrath - Faroe section.


On sailing from Aberdeen (23 September) Scotia will make passage to the Firth of Forth to recover the AWAC mooring on a trawlproof frame deployed in July 2014. Following that, Scotia will make passage to start of the JONSIS long term monitoring section to commence sampling with the CTD and carousel water sampler. On route test deployments of the CTD and carousel will take place. On completion of the JONSIS section, passage will be made to the start of the Nolso-Flugga section. During CTD and water sampling of the Nolso-Flugga long term monitoring section grab and water samples will also be taken for Aberdeen and Heriot Watt universities participating visitors. On reaching the end of the Nolso-Flugga section passage will be made to the area adjacent to the Munken-Fair Isle section (NWSD mooring) where the turbulence profiler will be deployed over a 13 hour period nearby mooring NWSD, followed by further 13 hour deployment periods nearby moorings NWSE and NWSF. Thereafter, Scotia will recover these three ADCP moorings. The ADCP instrumentation data will be downloaded and instruments and moorings refurbished for new deployments at the same positions. A CTD profile will be carried out at each mooring position once the mooring has been deployed. Passage will be then made to one end of the Fair-Isle - Munken section where CTD and water sampling will be undertaken. The aim will be to cover uninterruptedly the line where the moorings are followed by the original part of the Munken-Fair Isle section adjacent to the moorings. Any remaining time will be spent carrying out CTD sampling the Cape Wrath- Faroe section (extended line towards the Butt of Lewis if time allows), where DNA water samples will also be taken, repeating the Munken-Fair Isle line extended towards the Scottish shelf, and carrying out the hydrographic sections on the east coast of Shetland.
Chief scientistAlejandro Gallego (Marine Scotland Aberdeen Marine Laboratory)
Cruise programmeFRV Scotia 1414S cruise programme 1414s.pdf  (0.17 MB) 
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralNorth Sea
North East Atlantic Ocean (limit 40W)
SpecificFaroe-Shetland Channel. Northern North Sea. Fair Isle.
Track chartsFRV Scotia 1414S cruise track — 1414strk.pdf (0.06 MB)