Falcon Spirit 2012-05
Cruise summary report
|Ship name||Falcon Spirit|
|Cruise period||2012-05-13 — 2012-05-24|
|Port of departure||Plymouth, United Kingdom|
|Port of return||Plymouth, United Kingdom|
|Objectives||The data were acquired from the RV Falcon Spirit, the Plymouth University vessel. The small 14m catermaran was used on a daily basis from 13 May 2012 to 24 May 2012 with the idea to capture high quality, spatially resolved field data ahead of the Wave Hub construction. Funded by the NERC grant - NE/I015108/1 Wave Hub baseline study.
Detailed oceanographic study at the Wave Hub site and surrounds - covering the whole range of physical, chemical and biological parameters before the deployment of Wave Hub infrastructure and wave energy devices.
Ensure data acquisition in time and space to allow development of physical and ecosystem models at scales relevant to wave arrays. Ultimately models will make predictive assessments of the extent, timescales and intensity of ecosystem impacts and perturbation resulting from implementation of wave energy arrays.
Engagement of environmental economists to ensure these same data can be used to develop economic valuation estimates of critical life supporting ecosystem services at scales appropriate to arrays of wave devices for comparison with other uses of marine space.
To address the questions which have arisen directly in respect of marine renewable energy development and sustainable use of marine resources.
|Chief scientist||Phil Hosegood (University of Plymouth School of Marine Science and Engineering)|
|Project||Wave Hub baseline study|
|Coordinating body||Plymouth University, School of Marine Science and Engineering|
|Specific||Northern Cornish Coast|
|Moorings, landers, buoys|
|CTD stations||50° 19' 59" N 5° 33' 59" W — 15 CTD stations profiled|
|Subsurface temperature measurements||50° 19' 59" N 5° 35' 59" W — Moored chain of temperature loggers|
|Current profiler (eg ADCP)||50° 19' 59" N 5° 34' 59" W — ADCP|
|Currents measured from ship drift||50° 19' 59" N 5° 33' 59" W — VMADCP|
|Other physical oceanographic measurements||50° 17' 59" N 5° 30' 0" W — Towed minibat CTD - 3 transects|