RV Celtic Voyager CV20020

Cruise plan

Cruise Info. 
Ship name (ship code)RV Celtic Voyager (45CV)
Cruise identifierCV20020
Cruise period2020-01-27 — 2020-02-08
Port of departureGalway, Ireland
Port of returnGalway, Ireland
ObjectivesThe survey aims to fulfill Ireland's requirements under the Joint Assessment and Monitoring Programme (JAMP) of the 1992 Oslo-Paris Convention for the Protection of the North East Atlantic (OSPAR). This requires answering 3 key questions

1. What is the spatial distribution of nutrients?
2. Are nutrient concentrations changing over time (trends)?
3. Are nutrient concentrations significantly elevated (>50%) above salinity related and/or regionally specific background levels?

Question number 3 requires that we know what the 'background levels' are. This is why we would like to extend the scope of our sampling to include more samples in the Celtic Sea and one transect across St. George's Channel. Allowing us to make an assessment of the nutrient inputs to the Irish Sea.
Chief scientistEvin McGovern (Marine Institute Galway)
NPRCRV Celtic Voyager CV20020 NPRC celticvoyager_cv20020.pdf (0.14 MB) 
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralIrish Sea and St. George's Channel
Celtic Sea
SpecificCarlingford Lough (54.0500 N, -6.1500 W), Irish and Celtic Seas as far south as 51.40 N and east as –5.45 W.