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SAMOC Initiative

Cruises

SAMOC cruises

Since 2008, 45 South Atlantic SAMOC-related cruises have been conducted. These cruises are listed below (with links to cruise reports when available). In addition, 15-20 high-density XBT transects are obtained annually in the South Atlantic, along the AX8, AX18, and AX97 lines.

Cruises by Year

2018

  • Dates: February-March 2018
    Vessel: RV Meteor (Germany)
    Work area: 23W section, 5S and 11S sections (Western Boundary South Atlantic)
    Ports: Mindelo, Cape Verde to Recife, Brazil
    Planned Activities: 8 mooring recoveries, 6 deployments, CTD stations
    Contacts: Chief Scientist - Peter Brandt (Germany)
  • February-April 2018
    Vessel: James Cook Cruise 159
    Ports: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Cape Town, South Africa
    Planned Activities: Full GO-SHIP section at 24S; 100-150 CTDO stations; 24 level bottle sampling; LADCP; Underway measurements, 4 x Deep Argo floats; 2 x Oxygen Argo floats;
    Contacts: Chief Scientist - Brian King (UK)
  • April-May 2018
    Vessel: N. Oc. Alpha-Crucis (Brazil)
    Work area: Western end of "SAMBA" line on 34.5S
    Ports: Santos, Brazil to Santos, Brazil
    Activities: Recover and redeploy 2 NOAA PIES and 2 Brazilian CPIES, Telemeter 2 NOAA PIES; CTD profiles
    Contacts: Chief Scientists - Edmo Campos (Brazil)

2017

  • January-February 2017
    Vessel: Maria S. Merian (Germany)
    Work area: Trans-basin "SAMBA" line on 34.5S
    Ports: Cape Town, South Africa to Montevideo, Uruguay
    Activities: Full depth hydrographic section
    Contacts: Chief Scientists - Johannes Karstensen, Toste Tonhua (Germany), and Sabrina Speich (France)
  • July 2017
    Vessel: SA Agulhas II (South Africa)
    Work area: Eastern end of "SAMBA" line on 34.5S
    Ports: Cape Town, South Africa to Cape Town, South Africa
    Activities: Serviced CPIES (SAMBA), CTDs, XBTs, SADCP, Bongo net tows, Argo and SVP Drifter deployments
    Contacts: Chief Scientists - Marcel van den Berg (SAMBA, South Africa) and Isabelle Ansorge (SEAmester programme, South Africa)
  • September 2017
    Vessel: SA Agulhas II (South Africa)
    Work area: 30S section to Tristan and Gough, and southward
    Ports: Cape Town, South Africa to Cape Town, South Africa
    Activities: Deployed 6 BGC-Argo (SOCCOM) floats
    Contacts: Lynne Talley (SIO), Melissa Miller (SIO) in collaboration with Isabelle Ansorge
    Link to SOCCOM float website
    Link to interactive float tool of current floats
    Link to SOCCOM cruise blog by Melissa Miller and others
  • September-October 2017
    Vessel: ARA Puerto Deseado (Argentina)
    Work area: Western end of "SAMBA" line on 34.5S
    Ports: Mar del Plata, Argentina to Mar del Plata, Argentina
    Activities: Telemeter 4 NOAA PIES and 2 Brazil CPIES; approximately 15-20 CTD profile
    Contacts: Chief Scientist - Alberto Piola (Argentina)
  • Dates: November-December 2017
    Vessel: James Clark Ross
    Work area: Drake Passage
    Ports: Port Stanley, Malvinas/Falkland Islands to Punta Arenas, Chile
    Planned Activities: 20 CTD and LADCP profiles, underway measurements, 3 Argo float and 4 deep Argo float deployments, and surface glider missions
    Contacts: Chief Scientist - David Barnes (UK)
    Project Webpage: Link

2016

  • October 2016
    Vessel: ARA Austral (Argentina)
    Work area: Western end of "SAMBA" line on 34.5S
    Ports: Mar del Plata, Argentina to Mar del Plata, Argentina
    Activities: Recover and redeploy 3 NOAA PIES and 2 Brazilian CPIES, Telemeter 1 NOAA PIES; CTD profiles
  • November-December 2016
    Vessel: James Clark Ross
    Work area: Drake Passage
    Ports: Port Stanley, Malvinas/Falkland Islands to Port Stanley, Malvinas/Falkland Islands
    Activities: 30 CTD and LADCP profiles

2015

  • May 2015
    Vessel: SA Agulhas II (South Africa) - Crossroads line
    Activities: CTDs, XBTs, SADCP
  • July 2015
    Vessel: SA Agulhas II (South Africa, voyage 016) - SAMBA and Good Hope transects
    Service CPIES (SAMBA) and PIES (Good Hope), CTDs, XBTs, SADCP
  • September 2015
    Vessel: R/V Meteor (Germany) - 5S and 11S
    Activities: CTD and SADCP sections at 5S and 11S and turn around of mooring array at 11S
  • November 2015
    Vessel: RV Alpha Delphini (Brazil)
    Activities: PIES turnaround, ADCP recovery, BPR recovery
  • December 2015
    Vessel: RS Algoa (South Africa, voyage 221) - SAMBA Transect
    Service 4 "tall" moorings; CTDs, SADCP, Argo floats

2014

  • May 2014
    Vessel: SA Agulhas II (South Africa) - Crossroads line
    Activities: CTDs, XBTs, Argo
  • May 2014
    Vessel: R/V Meteor (Germany) - 5S and 11S
    Activities: CTD and SADCP sections at 5S and 11S and turn around of mooring array at 11S
  • June 2014
    Vessel: RS Algoa (South Africa)
    Activities: deployment of 2 South African shelf moorings, CTD, SADCP
  • September 2014
    Vessel: SA Agulhas (South Africa)
    Activities: Full Depth CTDs, XBTs
  • September 2014
    Vessel: RS Algoa (South Africa)
    Activities: Deployment of the tall South African SAMBA moorings, CTDs, SVP drifters, SADCP
  • October 2014
    Vessel: Puerto Deseado (Argentina), SAM 10
    Activities: Telemeter 4 NOAA PIES & 3 Brazil CPIES, CTDs, water samples+LADCP
  • December 2014
    Vessel: SA Agulhas II (South Africa), GoodHope
    Activities: - CPIES x 7 (France), CTDs, XBTs, Argo

2013

  • May 2013
    Vessel: SA Agulhas II (South Africa) - Crossroads line
    Activities: CTDs, XBTs, Argo.
  • July 2013
    Vessel: R/V Meteor (Germany) - 5S and 11S
    Activities: CTD and SADCP sections at 5S and 11S and deployment of mooring array at 11S
  • September 2013
    Vessel: SA Agulhas II, (South Africa), SAMBA
    Activities: 8 French CPIES and 2 bottom ADCPs deployed, CTDs.
  • October 2013
    Vessel: Puerto Deseado (Argentina) Subtropical Shelf Front
    Activities: CTD+water samples+LADCP) inshore of PIES A
  • December 2013
    Vessel: Alpha-Delphini (Brazil). SAM 09/SAMOC Br 02
    Activities: Deploy 1 Brazil ADCP and 1 Brazil pressure gauge

2012

  • February 2012
    Vessel: Ice Lady Patagonia II (Argentina), SAM 06
    Activities: Telemeter 2 NOAA PIES, XBTs
  • July 2012
    Vessel: SA Agulhas II (South Africa) GoodHope
    Activities: AX 25 line XBTs, CTDs, Argo)
  • July 2012
    Vessel: Puerto Deseado (Argentina), SAM 07.
    Activities: Telemeter 4 NOAA PIES, CTDs, water samples+LADCP
  • December 2012
    Vessel: Alpha-Crucis, SAM 08/ SAMOC Br 01
    Activities: Recover 3 NOAA PIES, deploy 3 new NOAA PIES; Telemeter 1 NOAA PIES, CTD, deploy 3 new Brazil CPIES, water samples for nutrients, O2, chlorophyll-a

2011

  • July 2011
    Vessel: Puerto Deseado (Argentina), SAM 05
    Activities: Recover 1 NOAA CPIES, deploy 1 new NOAA PIES. Telemeter 3 NOAA PIES, CTDs
  • September 2011
    Vessel RV Ronald Brown (US)
    Activities: CTD, O2, LADCP, CO2, CFCs, SF6 and ozone, etc.
  • November/December 2011
    Vessel: RVIB N.B. Palmer (US). cDrake
    Activities: cDrake CPIES recovery cruise. LADCP/Hydrography

2010

  • July 2010
    Vessel: Puerto Deseado (Argentina), SAM 03
    Activities: Telemeter NOAA PIES & CPIES, CTD, water samples for nutrients, O2, chlorophyll-a.
  • October/November 2010
    Vessel: RVIB N. B. Palmer (US). cDrake
    Activities: cDrake telemetry. LADCP/Hydrography. 1 current meter recovered.
  • December 2010
    Vessel: Puerto Deseado (Argentina), SAM 04
    Activities: Telemeter NOAA PIES & CPIES, CTD water samples for nutrients, O2, chlorophyll-a
  • December 2010
    Vessel: RV Africana (South Africa), BONUS-GH.
    Activities: Recovery French CPIES, Hydrography

2009

  • March 2009
    Vessel: Cruzerio do Sul (Brazil), SAM 01.
    Activities: Deploy 3 NOAA PIES & 1 CPIES, CTDs/XBTs
  • March/April 2009
    Vessel: James Cook (UK)
    Activities: CTD, O2, NITRAT, PHSPHT, TCARBN, ALKALI
  • August 2009
    Vessel: Puerto Deseado (Argentina), SAM 02.
    Activities: Telemeter NOAA PIES & CPIES, CTD, water samples for nutrients, O2, chlorophyll-a.
  • November/December 2009
    Vessel: RVIB N. B. Palmer (US). cDrake
    Activities: cDrake telemetry. LADCP/Hydrography. 3 CM recovered. 1 CM deployed.

2008

  • February 2008
    Vessel: RV Africana (South Africa), SAMOC Pilot experiment.
    Activities: 2 French CPIES were deployed. Hydrography.
  • March 2008
    Vessel: RV Marion Dufresne II (France), IPY BONUS-GH.
    Activities: Hydrography, biogeochemistry, air-sea observations.
  • November/December 2008
    Vessel: RVIB N. B. Palmer (US). cDrake
    Activities: cDrake telemetry. LADCP/Hydrography