Falcon Spirit 2012-08

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Cruise Info. 
Ship nameFalcon Spirit
Cruise identifier2012-08
Cruise period2012-08-10 — 2012-08-24
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 10 August 2012 to 24 August 2012 based off northern Cornish Coast in the Celtic Sea. The aim was to better understand which processes are most important within marginally stratified shelf seas. This project was funded by the NERC Discovery Science grant NE/I001832/1 - Assessing the sensitivity of marginally stratified shelf seas within a changing climate.


To identify the processes involved in the existence and intensity of the front displays that are not governed by tidal periodicities.
To test whether the processes that were identified as important to changes in shelf sea stratification through in-situ measurements are indeed responsible for the observed changes.
To incorporate new knowledge into state-of-the-art numerical models that can up-scale the processes observed within this project to the shelf sea environment.
Chief scientistPhil Hosegood (University of Plymouth School of Marine Science and Engineering)
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralCeltic Sea
SpecificNorth Cornish Coast
Moorings, landers, buoys 
Physical oceanography 
Subsurface temperature measurements50° 21' 0" N  5° 35' 59" W — Moored chain of temperature loggers
Current profiler (eg ADCP)50° 21' 0" N  5° 35' 59" W — ADCP
Currents measured from ship drift50° 19' 59" N  5° 35' 59" W — VMADCP
Other physical oceanographic measurements50° 19' 59" N  5° 35' 59" W — Towed minibat CTD
Other physical oceanographic measurements50° 19' 59" N  5° 34' 59" W — MSS MicroStructure Shear Profiles
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Discrete samples 
2  Instrument mooring