Celtic Explorer CE20010

Cruise plan

Cruise Info. 
Ship name (ship code)Celtic Explorer (45CE)
Cruise identifierCE20010
Cruise period2020-05-08 — 2020-05-14
Port of departureGalway, Ireland
Port of returnCork, Ireland
ObjectivesThis project aims is to acquire a remotely-sensed reference set of acoustic, optical and laser data for a methodological comparison of mapping fine-scale morphological and structural complexity on complex 3D structures below the surface. This will allow for development and analysis of acquisition protocols, processing workflows and other end-user applications from a range of sensors deployed on unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs). The project will ultimately inform the wider community, including both academic and industrial sectors, about the relative merits and detractions of the different methodologies in a controlled in-situ experiment.

Outcomes and Benefits
This survey will help us to understand more about environmental controls on benthic communities that will help inform the conservation of priority Annex I habitat in Ireland, the UK and Europe. This benefits society as it will help to inform natural resource management by refining our understanding of process affecting ecological communities. Interdisciplinary collaboration allow participants to benefit from exposure to different legislative frameworks, which will facilitate knowledge transfer between the partner institutions.
Chief scientistChristopher McGonigle (University of Ulster School of Environmental Sciences)
NPRCCeltic Explorer CE20010 NPRC celticexplorer_ce20010.pdf (0.76 MB) 
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralNorth East Atlantic Ocean (limit 40W)
SpecificMalin Sea