Falcon Spirit 2012-05

Cruise summary report

Cruise Info. 
Ship nameFalcon Spirit
Cruise identifier2012-05
Cruise period2012-05-13 — 2012-05-24
Port of departurePlymouth, United Kingdom
Port of returnPlymouth, United Kingdom
ObjectivesThe 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 scientistPhil Hosegood (University of Plymouth School of Marine Science and Engineering)
ProjectWave Hub baseline study
Coordinating bodyPlymouth University, School of Marine Science and Engineering
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralCeltic Sea
SpecificNorthern Cornish Coast
Moorings, landers, buoys 
Physical oceanography 
CTD stations50° 19' 59" N  5° 33' 59" W — 15 CTD stations profiled
Subsurface temperature measurements50° 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 drift50° 19' 59" N  5° 33' 59" W — VMADCP
Other physical oceanographic measurements50° 17' 59" N  5° 30' 0" W — Towed minibat CTD - 3 transects