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RRS Discovery Cruise D334, 27 Oct-24 Nov 2008. RAPID Mooring Cruise Report

Cunningham, S.A.. 2009 RRS Discovery Cruise D334, 27 Oct-24 Nov 2008. RAPID Mooring Cruise Report. Southampton, UK, National Oceanography Centre Southampton, 189pp. (National Oceanography Centre Southampton Cruise Report 38)

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Abstract/Summary

This report describes the mooring and underway operations conducted during RRS Discovery cruise D334 between 27 October and 24 November 2008. These mooring operations were completed as a part of the United Kingdom Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) funded RAPID Programme to monitor the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation at 26.5°N. The primary purpose of this cruise was to service the Eastern Boundary and Mid-Atlantic Ridge sections of the 26.5°N mooring array first deployed during RRS Discovery cruises D277 and D278 (SOC cruise report number 53), and serviced in 2005 during RRS Charles Darwin cruise CD177 (NOCS cruise report number 5), in 2006 on RRS Discovery cruise D304 (NOCS cruise report number 16) and FS Poseidon cruises P343 and P345 (NOCS cruise report number 28) and in 2007 on RRS Discovery cruise D324 (NOCS cruise report number 34). Cruise D334 started and finished in Tenerife, Spain and covered the Eastern Boundary and Mid-Atlantic Ridge moorings deployed on D324 and P343. This cruise was the fourth annual refurbishment of the Eastern Boundary and Mid-Atlantic Ridge sections of the mooring array. The array will be further refined and refurbished during subsequent years. The instruments deployed consist of a variety of current meters, bottom pressure recorders, CTD loggers and Inverted Echosounders, which, combined with time series measurements of the Florida Straits current and wind stress estimates, will be used to determine the strength and structure of the MOC at 26.5°N. (http://www.noc.soton.ac.uk/rapidmoc)

Item Type: Publication - Report (Other)
Additional Keywords: Atlantic Ocean, bottom pressure recorder, BPR, CTD, cruise D334 2008, current meter, Discovery, North Atlantic, moorings, RAPID, RAPID-MOC, RAPID-WATCH, THC, thermohaline circulation, mooring array, MicroCAT, 26.5°N, MOC, meridional overturning circulation
Date made live: 06 Jul 2009 +0 (UTC)
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/166655

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