RRS Discovery D249

Cruise summary report

Cruise Info. 
Ship name (ship code)RRS Discovery (74E3)
Cruise identifierD249
Cruise period2000-08-19 — 2000-09-10
Port of departureSouthampton, United Kingdom
Port of returnSouthampton, United Kingdom
ObjectivesThe objectives were to analyse the long-term history of the strength of the Mediterranean outflow by collecting a series of long piston cores in areas identified from previous geophysical surveys, in particular the TOBI survey carried out on RRS Discovery cruise D244. To test and utilise the scatterometer to determine sediment characteristics.

Good progress was made with the giant piston corer. The scatterometer was not successful. Sufficient cores were collected in sandy and muddy environments to provide significant information on the history of the Mediterranean outflow.
Chief scientistPhilip P E Weaver (Southampton Oceanography Centre)
ProjectHistory of sedimentation in the Gulf of Cadiz
Coordinating bodyNERC
Cruise reportRRS Discovery D249 cruise report d249.pdf (90 MB) 
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralNorth East Atlantic Ocean (limit 40W)
SpecificGulf of Cadiz
Track chartsRRS Discovery D249 cruise track — d249track.pdf (0.44 MB) 
Geology and geophysics 
Core - soft bottomQuantity: number of deployments = 24
Description: of the Giant Piston Core
Single-beam echosoundingQuantity: activity duration in days = 16
Description: Bathymetry PES