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The Princess Royal AE3

Cruise summary report

Cruise Info. 
Ship name (ship code)The Princess Royal (74M6)
Cruise identifierAE3
Cruise period2018-03-07 — 2018-03-07
StatusCompleted
Port of departureBlyth, United Kingdom
Port of returnBlyth, United Kingdom
PurposeResearch
ObjectivesThe aim of the project is to deploy autonomous vehicles in the North Sea in order to demonstrate long term monitoring capability of ocean health.

This particular cruise deployed slocum glider named OMG-1 (unit 352) with a turbulence sensor and seaglider named Orca SG510 with a nutrient sensor for the project AlterECO. The gliders were deployed 50 miles from coast. No CTD calibrations were performed but a surface bucket sample was taken for analysis of S, Chl, nitrate and SPM.
Chief scientistMatthew R Palmer (National Oceanography Centre, Liverpool)
ProjectAn Alternative Framework to Assess Marine Ecosystem Functioning in Shelf Seas (AlterEco)
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralNorth Sea
Measurements 
Chemical oceanography 
OxygenQuantity: number of profiles = 4138
Description: Slocum Glider OMG-1 deployed (until 9/5/2018) with CTD, dissolved oxygen, microrider turbulance
OxygenQuantity: number of profiles = 1748
Description: UEA Seaglider Orca deployed (until 28/3/2018) with CTD, dissolved oxygen and Nitrate.
NitrateQuantity: number of profiles = 1748
Description: UEA Seaglider Orca deployed (until 28/3/2018) with CTD, dissolved oxygen and Nitrate.
NitrateQuantity: number of profiles = 4138
Description: Slocum Glider OMG-1 deployed (until 9/5/2018) with CTD, dissolved oxygen, microrider turbulance
NitrateQuantity: number of samples = 1
Description: Surface bucket collection for nutrient analysis for calibration of Seaglider
Moorings, landers, buoys 
Physical oceanography 
Other physical oceanographic measurements55° 2' 59" N  1° 0' 1" W — UEA Seaglider Orca deployed (until 28/3/2018) with CTD, dissolved oxygen and Nitrate.
Other physical oceanographic measurements55° 3' 6" N  1° 0' 1" W — Slocum Glider OMG-1 deployed (until 9/5/2018) with CTD, dissolved oxygen, microrider turbulance