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Sonne P4 Trials

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Cruise Info. 
Ship name (ship code)Sonne (06SN)
Cruise identifierP4 Trials
Cruise period2014-09-23 — 2014-10-01
Port of departureBremerhaven, Germany
Port of returnAberdeen, United Kingdom
ObjectivesThe purpose of the cruise was the evaluation of the new vessel and its scientific equipment under scientific and technical aspects with a focus on the CTD water sampler and the different integrated underway sensors. A secondary objective is the realistic scientific operation of geophysical and bio-optical instruments on board as training for future scientific expeditions. On board systems for deployment of geophysical instrumentations (e.g. winches, etc.) were evaluated. The scientific objectives are (a) the bio-optical characterisation of water bodies from the North-West European Shelf and the North-East Atlantic and (b) the investigation and comparison of water mass composition.

The following methods/activities were done:
(a) Sampling and testing of different underway systems utilising a ferrybox system, a remote sensing reflectance setup and various laboratory validations.
(b) Bio-optical stations with CTD profiles, bio-optical sensor assembly profiles, radiometer-profiler operations and Secchi disk recording.
(c) Deployment and testing of geophysical instruments (CSEM systems, magnetics, gravimeter)
Chief scientistOliver Zielinski (University of Oldenburg Institute for Chemistry and Biology of the Marine Environment)
Cruise reportSonne P4 Trials cruise report sonne_p4.pdf — access key 'C' (0.38 MB) 
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralNorth Sea
SpecificNorthern North Sea
Track chartsSonne P4 Trials cruise track — sonne_p4trk.pdf (0.09 MB)