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The Princess Royal AE5

Cruise summary report

Cruise Info. 
Ship name (ship code)The Princess Royal (74M6)
Cruise identifierAE5
Cruise period2018-09-28 — 2018-09-28
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.

Objectives

1. Deploy 1 submarine glider; NOC-MARS Slocum unit 444 (OMG-Kelvin)
2. Recover 2 submarine gliders; NOC-MARS Seagliders SG550 and SG602.
3. Collect CTD profiles and discrete water samples for calibration of glider sensors following deployment and prior to recovery.
Chief scientistMatthew R Palmer (National Oceanography Centre, Liverpool)
ProjectAn Alternative Framework to Assess Marine Ecosystem Functioning in Shelf Seas (AlterEco)
Cruise reportThe Princess Royal AE5 cruise report princessroyal_ae5.pdf (0.35 MB) 
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralNorth Sea
Measurements 
Physical oceanography 
Subsurface temperature and salinity measurementsQuantity: number of profiles = 1
Description: CTD001 - Water samples collected for salinity, oxygen, nutrients on deck. Fixing of nutrients done whilst stationary due to continued swell.
Chemical oceanography 
OxygenQuantity: number of profiles = 1
Description: CTD001 - Water samples collected for salinity, oxygen, nutrients on deck. Fixing of nutrients done whilst stationary due to continued swell.
NitrateQuantity: number of profiles = 1
Description: CTD002 - Water samples collected for nutrients only.
NitrateQuantity: number of profiles = 1
Description: CTD001 - Water samples collected for salinity, oxygen, nutrients on deck. Fixing of nutrients done whilst stationary due to continued swell.
Moorings, landers, buoys 
Physical oceanography 
Other physical oceanographic measurements55° 21' 59" N  0° 28' 59" W — Slocum Glider deployed (until 27/11/2018) with CTD, Wetlabs, Optode , ADCP, microrider.
Other physical oceanographic measurements55° 21' 59" N  0° 51' 59" W — UEA Seaglider SG550 recovered
Other physical oceanographic measurements55° 21' 59" N  0° 51' 59" W — UEA Seaglider SG602 recovered