The cruise traversed several major oceanographic provinces:
a) the seasonally cold, less saline coastal waters of the Vineyard Sound, Rhode Island Sound, Sakonnet River and continental shelf
b) the transitional waters of the continental shelf
c) the comparatively warm waters of the Gulf Stream
d) the seasonally cool waters of the Northern Sargasso Sea
e) the warming, salty waters of the North Atlantic sub-tropical convergence zone
f) the warm, less saline waters of the Southern Sargasso Sea
g) the warn and exceptionally low saline waters of the Tropical Atlantic
h) the warm, saline waters of the Eastern Caribbean.
We collected data with 124 individual deployments from 53 discrete geographic stations along our cruise track. Comparison of the physical, chemical, geological and biological features of these regions represented the major scientific theme of this Sea Semester.