AOML physical oceanographers conducted a hydrographic survey along the 27th north parallel in the Florida Straits aboard the R/V F.G. Walton Smith on April 9-10, 2015. The cruise was conducted as part of the ongoing Western Boundary Time Series project, which is designed to quantify Florida Current volume transport and water mass changes. Scientists measured full water column values of salinity, temperature, and oxygen using CTD equipment. This survey and others help to calibrate daily estimates of the Florida Current volume transport.

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  • Sunset aboard the R/V F.G. Walton Smith. Image credit: NOAA
  • The R/V F.G. Walton Smith passes the Miami skyline on its way to the Florida Straits. Image credit: NOAA
  • AOML scientists Erik Valdes, Pedro Pena, and Robert Roddy check on the CTD equipment prior to deployment. Image credit: NOAA
  • 27N Cruise leaves the Port of Miami bound for the Florida Straits. Image credit: NOAA
  • AOML scientist Robert Roddy hoses down the CTD after its final deployment of the day. Image credit: NOAA
  • AOML scientist Robert Roddy takes a sample from a CTD cast. Image credit: NOAA.
  • AOML scientists Pedro Pena and Robert Roddy monitor the retrieval of the CTD. Image credit: NOAA
  • The deck on the R/V Walton Smith where the CTD equipment is launched and retrieved. Image credit: NOAA

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  1. Sunset aboard the R/V F.G. Walton Smith. Image credit: NOAA
  2. The R/V F.G. Walton Smith passes the Miami skyline on its way to the Florida Straits. Image credit: NOAA
  3. AOML scientists Erik Valdes, Pedro Pena, and Robert Roddy check on the CTD equipment prior to deployment. Image credit: NOAA
  4. 27N Cruise leaves the Port of Miami bound for the Florida Straits. Image credit: NOAA
  5. AOML scientist Robert Roddy hoses down the CTD after its final deployment of the day. Image credit: NOAA
  6. AOML scientist Robert Roddy takes a sample from a CTD cast. Image credit: NOAA.
  7. AOML scientists Pedro Pena and Robert Roddy monitor the retrieval of the CTD. Image credit: NOAA
  8. The deck on the R/V Walton Smith where the CTD equipment is launched and retrieved. Image credit: NOAA.