RRS Challenger CH16/79

Cruise summary report

Cruise Info. 
Ship name (ship code)RRS Challenger (74CH)
Cruise identifierCH16/79
Cruise period1979-10-28 — 1979-11-11
Port of departureArdrossan, United Kingdom
Port of returnSouth Shields, United Kingdom
ObjectivesThe objectives of this cruise were:
(1) To service current meter moorings at SMBA stations F, M (deep water) and R (shelf edge). Moorings recovered, but not relaid.
(2) To service IOS moorings at four stations in the northern Rockall Channel. Stations could not be visited due to bad weather.
(3) To work the Rockall via Anton Dohrn Seamount (Ellett Line) CTD section plus additional CTD sections in the northern Rockall Channel. Stations O to T worked, covering from the slope and outer Hebridean continental shelf plus two sections across the Little Minch and North Minch.
(4) Collect large volume surface water samples for radiocaesium analysis with CTD profiles on the sampling stations. Accomplished with CTD profiles on nine of the ten stations.
Chief scientistDavid J Ellett (Scottish Marine Biological Association)
Cruise reportRRS Challenger CH16/79 cruise report ch16_79.pdf (0.18 MB) 
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralNorth East Atlantic Ocean (limit 40W)
Track chartsRRS Challenger CH16/79 cruise track — trk2345.html
Physical oceanography 
Water bottle stationsQuantity: number of stations = 56
Description: S surface only
CTD stationsQuantity: number of stations = 40
Current metersQuantity: number of stations = 2
Description: 4x172 and 2x54 days
Chemical oceanography 
RadioactivityQuantity: number of stations = 10
Description: surface water samples taken for radio-caesium analysis.