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RRS Challenger CH16_1

Cruise summary report

Cruise Info. 
Ship name (ship code)RRS Challenger (74CH)
Cruise identifierCH16_1
Cruise period1987-06-08 — 1987-06-22
Port of departureArdrossan, United Kingdom
Port of returnTromsø, Norway
Objectives1. To investigate the distributions of phytoplankton, especially coccolithophorids, and relevant hydrographic properties (temperature, salinity, oxygen, inorganic nutrients, light penetration etc.) in the NE Atlantic Ocean (55-65° N, 01-21° W).
2. To make further measurements of biogenic sulphur compounds in surface oceanic waters and the marine atmosphere.
3. To make a preliminary investigation of the production of particulate organic and inorganic carbon in relation to the CO2 chemistry of surface waters.
4. To collect samples of glacial and post-glacial sediments for studies on sedimentation and geochemical processes.
These were successfully achieved, with only minor losses of operational time due to poor weather and equipment failures.
Chief scientistPatrick M Holligan (Marine Biological Association of the UK)
Cruise reportRRS Challenger CH16_1 cruise report challenger16_87.pdf — access key 'C' (9.17 MB) 
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralNorwegian Sea
North East Atlantic Ocean (limit 40W)
SpecificNorth Atlantic
Track chartsRRS Challenger CH16_1 cruise track — challenger16_1trk_87.pdf (0.34 MB) 
Physical oceanography 
Surface measurements underway (T,S)
BathythermographQuantity: number of profiles = 59
Water bottle stationsDescription: S surface only.
CTD stationsQuantity: number of profiles = 18
Chemical oceanography 
Other chemical oceanographic measurements
Biology and fisheries 
Primary productivity
Phytoplankton pigs (eg chlorophyll, fluorescence)Quantity: number of samples = 200
Particulate organic matter (inc POC, PON)Quantity: number of samples = 18
PhytoplanktonQuantity: number of samples = 245
ZooplanktonQuantity: number of samples = 9
Description: Identification, distribution.
Geology and geophysics 
Core - soft bottomQuantity: number of cores = 4
Description: chemical analysis
Bottom photographyQuantity: number of deployments = 3