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RRS James Clark Ross JR15003

Cruise summary report

Cruise Info. 
Ship name (ship code)RRS James Clark Ross (74JC)
Cruise identifierJR15003
Cruise period2015-12-17 — 2016-01-13
StatusCompleted
Port of departureStanley, Falkland Islands (Malvinas)
Port of returnStanley, Falkland Islands (Malvinas)
PurposeResearch
ObjectivesJR15003 is a combined logistic and science cruise, including base/field camp operations at South Powell Island, Signy, and Coronation Island in the South Orkneys and at Rothera Research Station. The science comprised three primary projects (SMEs 804, 809, and 904) and two opportunistic add-on projects. During the southbound leg of the cruise we deployed two Slocum gliders off the western Antarctic Peninsula (one had to be recovered following a leak and the other is to be recovered from Rothera later in the season) and conducted CTD profiles and sediment cores at three sites on the western Antarctic Peninsula continental shelf. On the northbound leg in Drake Passage we conducted CTD profiles at 28 sites; recovered and redeployed bottom landers equipped with bottom pressure recorders and temperature and salinity sensors at one site on the southern continental slope and one on the northern slope; and deployed 4 biogeochem-equipped autonomous profiling floats. Water samples from the CTD casts were analysed for salinity (all stations) and oxygen (some stations), and samples were taken at some stations for subsequent onshore analysis of nutrients, neodymium, pH/alkalinity, and HPLC/POC. Throughout the cruise as ice and weather conditions permitted we made continuous underway measurements of meteorological variables, surface temperature and salinity, upper ocean currents, and bathymetry, along with intermittent sampling of surface water for salinity calibration (at sea) and neodymium (ashore). The cruise itinerary also allowed for servicing of the tide gauges at Stanley, Signy, Rothera, and Vernadsky.
Chief scientistYvonne L Firing (National Oceanography Centre, Southampton)
Cruise reportRRS James Clark Ross JR15003 cruise report jr15003.pdf (0.29 MB)  RRS James Clark Ross JR15003 cruise report jr15003nocs.pdf (4.81 MB) 
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralSouthern Ocean
SpecificWestern Antarctic Peninsula (Bransfield Strait; continental shelf between Anvers Island and Adelaide Island). Drake Passage/Scotia Sea (between Elephant Island and Burdwood Bank).
Track chartsRRS James Clark Ross JR15003 cruise track — jr15003trk.pdf (0.88 MB) 
Measurements 
Physical oceanography 
Surface measurements underway (T,S)Quantity: activity duration in days = 14
Description: Routine underway measurements
Water bottle stationsQuantity: number of stations = 31
Description: CTD casts physical measurements
Water bottle stationsQuantity: number of stations = 3
Description: CTD water bottle and sediment core chemistry measurements
Water bottle stationsQuantity: number of stations = 4
Description: Floats and float calibration CTD/water bottle measurements
CTD stationsQuantity: number of stations = 31
Description: CTD casts physical measurements
Transparency (eg transmissometer)Quantity: number of stations = 4
Description: Floats and float calibration CTD/water bottle measurements
Optics (eg underwater light levels)Quantity: number of stations = 4
Description: Floats and float calibration CTD/water bottle measurements
Current profiler (eg ADCP)Quantity: number of stations = 31
Description: CTD casts physical measurements
Current profiler (eg ADCP)Quantity: activity duration in days = 14
Description: Routine underway measurements
Neutrally buoyant floatsQuantity: number of stations = 4
Description: Floats and float calibration CTD/water bottle measurements
Chemical oceanography 
OxygenQuantity: number of stations = 3
Description: CTD water bottle and sediment core chemistry measurements
OxygenQuantity: number of stations = 4
Description: Floats and float calibration CTD/water bottle measurements
Carbon dioxideQuantity: number of stations = 4
Description: Floats and float calibration CTD/water bottle measurements
NitrateQuantity: number of stations = 4
Description: Floats and float calibration CTD/water bottle measurements
NitrateQuantity: number of stations = 3
Description: CTD water bottle and sediment core chemistry measurements
SilicateQuantity: number of stations = 3
Description: CTD water bottle and sediment core chemistry measurements
AlkalinityQuantity: number of stations = 4
Description: Floats and float calibration CTD/water bottle measurements
pHQuantity: number of stations = 4
Description: Floats and float calibration CTD/water bottle measurements
Trace elementsQuantity: number of stations = 3
Description: CTD water bottle and sediment core chemistry measurements
IsotopesQuantity: number of stations = 3
Description: CTD water bottle and sediment core chemistry measurements
Biology and fisheries 
Phytoplankton pigs (eg chlorophyll, fluorescence)Quantity: number of stations = 4
Description: Floats and float calibration CTD/water bottle measurements
Particulate organic matter (inc POC, PON)Quantity: number of stations = 4
Description: Floats and float calibration CTD/water bottle measurements
Meteorology 
Routine standard measurementsQuantity: activity duration in days = 14
Description: Routine underway measurements
Geology and geophysics 
Core - soft bottomQuantity: number of stations = 3
Description: CTD water bottle and sediment core chemistry measurements
Single-beam echosoundingQuantity: activity duration in days = 14
Description: Routine underway measurements
Multi-beam echosoundingQuantity: activity duration in days = 14
Description: Routine underway measurements
Moorings, landers, buoys 
Physical oceanography 
Sea level (inc. bot. press., inverted echosounder)54° 58' 48" S  57° 59' 18" W — Bottom pressure, temperature, and conductivity; recovered and replacement deployed 11 Jan 2016
Sea level (inc. bot. press., inverted echosounder)60° 51' 8" S  54° 43' 45" W — Bottom pressure, temperature, and conductivity; recovered and replacement deployed 6 Jan 2016
Data held at BODC Get data
Series/Profiles 
36  Bottle station
Reference numbers
Particulate total and organic nitrogen concentrations in the water column
Nitrite concentration parameters in the water column
Dissolved oxygen parameters in the water column
Phosphate concentration parameters in the water column
Vertical spatial coordinates
Stable isotopes in water bodies
Silicate concentration parameters in the water column
Ammonium and ammonia concentration parameters in water bodies
Nitrate concentration parameters in the water column
Metadata parameters
Particulate total and organic carbon concentrations in the water column
Quality control flags
Alkalinity, acidity and pH of the water column
Reference numbers
Particulate total and organic nitrogen concentrations in the water column
Nitrite concentration parameters in the water column
Dissolved oxygen parameters in the water column
Phosphate concentration parameters in the water column
Vertical spatial coordinates
Stable isotopes in water bodies
Silicate concentration parameters in the water column
Ammonium and ammonia concentration parameters in water bodies
Nitrate concentration parameters in the water column
Metadata parameters
Particulate total and organic carbon concentrations in the water column
Quality control flags
Alkalinity, acidity and pH of the water column

BODC idDate/TimeLocationDoc.
19880382016-01-08 16:15 58° 2' 59" S  56° 26' 47" W  View metadata report for BODC series reference number 1988038
19880632016-01-06 09:21 61° 2' 59" S  54° 35' 16" W  View metadata report for BODC series reference number 1988063
19881672016-01-08 21:32 57° 39' 13" S  56° 41' 21" W  View metadata report for BODC series reference number 1988167
19881922016-01-09 18:53 56° 4' 32" S  57° 39' 56" W  View metadata report for BODC series reference number 1988192
19796252015-12-25 06:53 64° 30' 32" S  64° 50' 52" W  View metadata report for BODC series reference number 1979625
19834762016-01-09 13:38 56° 28' 6" S  57° 24' 46" W  View metadata report for BODC series reference number 1983476
19880142016-01-07 02:11 60° 39' 59" S  54° 49' 29" W  View metadata report for BODC series reference number 1988014
19880752016-01-06 13:20 60° 51' 0" S  54° 42' 36" W  View metadata report for BODC series reference number 1988075
19880992016-01-07 02:11 60° 39' 59" S  54° 49' 29" W  View metadata report for BODC series reference number 1988099
19796862015-12-25 06:53 64° 30' 32" S  64° 50' 52" W  View metadata report for BODC series reference number 1979686
19850162016-01-07 02:11 60° 39' 59" S  54° 49' 29" W  View metadata report for BODC series reference number 1985016
19881552016-01-08 16:15 58° 2' 59" S  56° 26' 47" W  View metadata report for BODC series reference number 1988155
19881062016-01-07 06:57 60° 19' 59" S  55° 1' 52" W  View metadata report for BODC series reference number 1988106
19881312016-01-07 16:10 59° 40' 0" S  55° 26' 39" W  View metadata report for BODC series reference number 1988131
19796982015-12-27 06:54 66° 50' 58" S  70° 10' 14" W  View metadata report for BODC series reference number 1979698
19834392016-01-06 09:21 61° 2' 59" S  54° 35' 16" W  View metadata report for BODC series reference number 1983439
19834522016-01-07 16:10 59° 40' 0" S  55° 26' 39" W  View metadata report for BODC series reference number 1983452
19850412016-01-09 13:38 56° 28' 6" S  57° 24' 46" W  View metadata report for BODC series reference number 1985041
19882232016-01-11 17:12 54° 58' 40" S  57° 58' 57" W  View metadata report for BODC series reference number 1988223
19796372015-12-27 06:54 66° 50' 58" S  70° 10' 14" W  View metadata report for BODC series reference number 1979637
19796492015-12-28 10:22 67° 48' 12" S  68° 48' 52" W  View metadata report for BODC series reference number 1979649
19796502015-12-25 06:53 64° 30' 32" S  64° 50' 52" W  View metadata report for BODC series reference number 1979650
19796622015-12-27 06:54 66° 50' 58" S  70° 10' 14" W  View metadata report for BODC series reference number 1979662
19850282016-01-07 16:10 59° 40' 0" S  55° 26' 39" W  View metadata report for BODC series reference number 1985028
19880262016-01-07 16:10 59° 40' 0" S  55° 26' 39" W  View metadata report for BODC series reference number 1988026
19881182016-01-07 11:25 60° 0' 40" S  55° 13' 47" W  View metadata report for BODC series reference number 1988118
19881432016-01-08 10:40 58° 31' 28" S  56° 9' 15" W  View metadata report for BODC series reference number 1988143
19882112016-01-11 12:56 55° 0' 24" S  57° 58' 41" W  View metadata report for BODC series reference number 1988211
19796742015-12-28 10:22 67° 48' 12" S  68° 48' 52" W  View metadata report for BODC series reference number 1979674
19834642016-01-08 16:15 58° 2' 59" S  56° 26' 47" W  View metadata report for BODC series reference number 1983464
19881802016-01-09 13:38 56° 28' 6" S  57° 24' 46" W  View metadata report for BODC series reference number 1988180
19797052015-12-28 10:22 67° 48' 12" S  68° 48' 52" W  View metadata report for BODC series reference number 1979705
19880512016-01-09 13:38 56° 28' 6" S  57° 24' 46" W  View metadata report for BODC series reference number 1988051
19880872016-01-06 21:01 60° 47' 58" S  54° 44' 32" W  View metadata report for BODC series reference number 1988087
19881792016-01-09 08:17 56° 51' 50" S  57° 10' 40" W  View metadata report for BODC series reference number 1988179
19834402016-01-07 02:11 60° 39' 59" S  54° 49' 29" W  View metadata report for BODC series reference number 1983440
31  CTD/STD cast
Transmittance and attenuance of the water column
Dissolved oxygen parameters in the water column
Optical backscatter
Salinity of the water column
Temperature of the water column
Vertical spatial coordinates
Density of the water column
Electrical conductivity of the water column
Chlorophyll pigment concentrations in water bodies
Transmittance and attenuance of the water column
Dissolved oxygen parameters in the water column
Optical backscatter
Salinity of the water column
Temperature of the water column
Vertical spatial coordinates
Density of the water column
Electrical conductivity of the water column
Chlorophyll pigment concentrations in water bodies

BODC idDate/TimeLocationDoc.
18108482016-01-06 09:11:35  — 2016-01-06 09:19:17 61° 2' 59" S  54° 35' 16" W  View metadata report for BODC series reference number 1810848
18110412016-01-09 17:42:06  — 2016-01-09 18:47:28 56° 4' 32" S  57° 39' 56" W  View metadata report for BODC series reference number 1811041
18110892016-01-10 11:29:21  — 2016-01-10 12:21:52 55° 10' 6" S  57° 58' 4" W  View metadata report for BODC series reference number 1811089
18111082016-01-11 09:25:27  — 2016-01-11 10:03:38 55° 4' 6" S  57° 58' 30" W  View metadata report for BODC series reference number 1811108
18108732016-01-06 12:58:27  — 2016-01-06 13:17:54 60° 51' 0" S  54° 42' 36" W  View metadata report for BODC series reference number 1810873
18108852016-01-06 18:06:50  — 2016-01-06 18:40:01 60° 49' 59" S  54° 43' 18" W  View metadata report for BODC series reference number 1810885
18109532016-01-07 19:43:50  — 2016-01-07 20:48:04 59° 19' 59" S  55° 39' 4" W  View metadata report for BODC series reference number 1810953
18109902016-01-08 20:25:44  — 2016-01-08 21:29:03 57° 39' 13" S  56° 41' 21" W  View metadata report for BODC series reference number 1810990
18110902016-01-10 14:25:46  — 2016-01-10 15:11:28 55° 7' 1" S  57° 58' 5" W  View metadata report for BODC series reference number 1811090
18111572016-01-11 20:40:47  — 2016-01-11 20:44:43 54° 40' 0" S  57° 58' 58" W  View metadata report for BODC series reference number 1811157
18108122015-12-25 06:34:34  — 2015-12-25 06:45:20 64° 30' 32" S  64° 50' 52" W  View metadata report for BODC series reference number 1810812
18109162016-01-07 05:51:11  — 2016-01-07 06:49:47 60° 19' 59" S  55° 1' 52" W  View metadata report for BODC series reference number 1810916
18109652016-01-08 00:24:50  — 2016-01-08 01:31:15 58° 59' 59" S  55° 51' 29" W  View metadata report for BODC series reference number 1810965
18110282016-01-09 12:23:30  — 2016-01-09 13:27:12 56° 28' 6" S  57° 24' 46" W  View metadata report for BODC series reference number 1811028
18108972016-01-06 20:11:01  — 2016-01-06 20:57:26 60° 47' 58" S  54° 44' 32" W  View metadata report for BODC series reference number 1810897
18109282016-01-07 10:18:42  — 2016-01-07 11:17:44 60° 0' 40" S  55° 13' 47" W  View metadata report for BODC series reference number 1810928
18109892016-01-08 14:56:06  — 2016-01-08 16:06:02 58° 2' 59" S  56° 26' 47" W  View metadata report for BODC series reference number 1810989
18110162016-01-09 07:17:37  — 2016-01-09 08:13:15 56° 51' 50" S  57° 10' 40" W  View metadata report for BODC series reference number 1811016
18110652016-01-10 03:01:57  — 2016-01-10 04:14:06 55° 31' 0" S  57° 58' 58" W  View metadata report for BODC series reference number 1811065
18111212016-01-11 12:24:06  — 2016-01-11 12:52:34 55° 0' 24" S  57° 58' 41" W  View metadata report for BODC series reference number 1811121
18111452016-01-11 18:21:01  — 2016-01-11 18:33:32 54° 55' 20" S  57° 58' 57" W  View metadata report for BODC series reference number 1811145
18109042016-01-07 01:04:18  — 2016-01-07 01:59:36 60° 39' 59" S  54° 49' 29" W  View metadata report for BODC series reference number 1810904
18110772016-01-10 08:11:57  — 2016-01-10 09:19:14 55° 12' 55" S  57° 57' 43" W  View metadata report for BODC series reference number 1811077
18108242015-12-27 06:35:25  — 2015-12-27 06:46:26 66° 50' 58" S  70° 10' 14" W  View metadata report for BODC series reference number 1810824
18108362015-12-28 10:06:24  — 2015-12-28 10:15:26 67° 48' 12" S  68° 48' 52" W  View metadata report for BODC series reference number 1810836
18109772016-01-08 09:32:21  — 2016-01-08 10:36:19 58° 31' 28" S  56° 9' 15" W  View metadata report for BODC series reference number 1810977
18111332016-01-11 16:50:07  — 2016-01-11 17:09:21 54° 58' 40" S  57° 58' 57" W  View metadata report for BODC series reference number 1811133
18108612016-01-06 11:11:24  — 2016-01-06 11:21:58 60° 58' 51" S  54° 37' 47" W  View metadata report for BODC series reference number 1810861
18109412016-01-07 14:56:05  — 2016-01-07 16:01:22 59° 40' 0" S  55° 26' 39" W  View metadata report for BODC series reference number 1810941
18110042016-01-09 01:35:51  — 2016-01-09 02:47:27 57° 15' 31" S  56° 56' 0" W  View metadata report for BODC series reference number 1811004
18110532016-01-09 22:43:50  — 2016-01-10 00:02:09 55° 40' 54" S  57° 54' 33" W  View metadata report for BODC series reference number 1811053
Discrete samples 
3  Box core
31  CTD frame plus rosette sampler