Research expeditions

At any one time NOC scientists and technicians can be at sea on numerous vessels. Discover where they are and what they are trying to achieve.

Latest expedition

RRS James Cook

Cruise Principal Scientist Location Duration in days (begins) Aim
JC102 Christine Peirce

Mid-Atlantic Ridge

 

11

April 2014

 

 Role and Extent of Detachment Faulting at slow-spreading mid-ocean ridge

This research experiment is the first of two legs. The second leg will also take place on the RRS James Cook in October. 

The objectives of this Mid Atlantic Ridge cruise are to acquire the necessary geophysical data to test the very different, often contrasting, hypotheses for the spatial and temporal evolution of oceanic core complexes(OCC's). These were believed to be the unroofed plutonic and partially serpentinized mantle footwalls of large-offset normal "detachment" faults, structures apparently responsible for accommodating a significant proportion of the plate separation. 

Data will be collected by carrying out the first, combined wide-angle and reflection seismic and micro-seismicity study of, and between, actively forming OCCs, and couple this with high-resolution, near-seabed magnetic and micro-bathymetry imaging to determine spreading history.

RRS Discovery

Cruise Principal Scientist Location Duration in days (begins) Aim
DY008

Dr. Henry Ruhl

Celtic Sea

10

March 2014

Shelf Sea Biogeochemistry  (WP2/WP3)

This is the first of five expeditions funded under the Shelf Sea Biogeochemistry research programme onboard RRS Discovery.

The programme aims to reduce the uncertainty in our understanding of nutrient and carbon cycling within the shelf seas, and of their overall role in global biogeochemical cycles.  

This expedition is part of work package 2 (Biogeochemistry, macronutrient and carbon cycling in the benthic layer (BMCC)) and work package 3 (The Supply of Iron from Shelf Sediments to the Ocean).  

This activity will include the deployment of lander systems, a benthic flume, Autosub6000, trawl systems, CTD rosettes, wire deployed sensors, and coring devices.

 

Ship position

This map shows the positions of the NOC operated vessels RRS Discovery and RRS James Cook.  While every effort is made to keep this map up to date sometimes postion updates are not possible.

Update from the ship (PIM)

RRS DISCOVERY   RRS JAMES COOK

DTG:     15-04-14  12:00

Zone:    UTC

Subj:     PIM DY008

 

 Posn: Berth 26/27 Empress Dock Southampton.

 Wx: Sheltered waters.

 Status: DeMob continues.

Intentions: Routine work.

 

Regards,

W. Richardson

Master

 

DTG: 150414 07:00L

Zone: UTC -3

Cruise: JC102

Subject: PIM

 

Pos: 12 16.7N 050 07.4W

Co: 257T

Spd: 10.8Kts

 

WX: ENE x 10Kts, Slt sea and swell, fine and Clear.

Status:  On Passage to Port of Spain, Trinidad.

Intentions:  Continue with passage to Port of Spain, ETA 18/0800L

 

 

Regards

John A Leask

Master

Other expeditions

2014

Learn about the research expeditions that are taking place upon the NOC based research vessels during 2014. Read more about 2014's expeditions

2013

Learn about the research expeditions that are taking place upon the NOC based research vessels during 2013. Read more about 2013's expeditions

2012

Learn about the research expeditions that took place upon the NOC based research vessels during 2012. Read more about 2012's expeditions



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