FRV Scotia 4/72

Cruise plan

Cruise Info. 
Ship name (ship code)FRV Scotia (749S)
Cruise identifier4/72
Cruise period1972-05-31 — 1972-06-16
Port of departureAberdeen, United Kingdom
Port of returnAberdeen, United Kingdom
Objectives1. A detailed survey of the hydrography, chemistry and plankton of the northern North Sea.
2. Multi-depth plankton indicator survey of the northern North Sea.
3. The collection of plankton and sea water for pollution investigation.
4. Experimental work on lipid metabolism in zooplankton.
5. Measurements of atmospheric light polarisation.
6. Any general ship's trials which may be required.
Chief scientistJames A Adams (Department of Agriculture and Fisheries for Scotland Aberdeen Marine Laboratory)
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralNorth Sea
Norwegian Sea
Physical oceanography 
BathythermographQuantity: number of stations = 66
Water bottle stationsQuantity: number of stations = 68
Description: Surface sample only at 12 stations
Chemical oceanography 
PhosphateQuantity: number of stations = 68
NitrateQuantity: number of stations = 68
NitriteQuantity: number of stations = 68
Total - NQuantity: number of stations = 68
SilicateQuantity: number of stations = 68
Trace metalsQuantity: number of samples = 18
Description: mercury sampling in sea water
Contaminants in organismsQuantity: number of samples = 52
Description: heavy metal analysis in plankton
Biology and fisheries 
Phytoplankton pigs (eg chlorophyll, fluorescence)Quantity: number of stations = 69
Particulate organic matter (inc POC, PON)Quantity: number of stations = 69
PhytoplanktonQuantity: number of samples = 20
ZooplanktonQuantity: number of samples = 56
Description: Samples collected using Gulf III, 1m nets and multi-depth plankton indicators