RRS Discovery D119

Cruise summary report

Cruise Info. 
Ship name (ship code)RRS Discovery (74E3)
Cruise identifierD119
Cruise period1981-04-07 — 1981-05-05
Port of departureGibraltar, Gibraltar
Port of returnPonta Delgada, Portugal
Objectives1. To carry out a survey of the temperature and salinity structure of the upper ocean northward from 37N 14W to 43 30'N and thence towards the Azores.
2. To make a survey of the thermal and salinity structure of an oceanic frontal region SW of the Azores (near 33N 33W).
3. To make trials of and deploy the Bencat (Benthic current and temperature) instrument.
4. To launch satellite track buoys in the Azores frontal region.
5. To attempt to locate and recover for inspection two Canadian satellite buoys which had been launched on the Flemish cap and which were known to lie near the ship's track.
Chief scientistW John Gould (Institute of Oceanographic Sciences Wormley Laboratory)
Cruise reportRRS Discovery D119 cruise report d119.pdf (0.49 MB) 
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralNorth Atlantic Ocean
SpecificNorth Atlantic
Track chartsRRS Discovery D119 cruise track — trk2576.html
Physical oceanography 
Surface measurements underway (T,S)
BathythermographQuantity: number of profiles = 86
CTD stationsQuantity: number of stations = 20
Subsurface temperature and salinity measurementsQuantity: track kilometres = 3333.6
Surface drifters/drifting buoysQuantity: number of deployments = 4
Chemical oceanography 
OxygenQuantity: number of stations = 11
Routine standard measurements
Geology and geophysics 
Multi-beam echosoundingQuantity: track kilometres = 3049