Deployment: KM0325

Chief Scientist: 
Fernando Santiago-Mandujano (University of Hawaii)
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Start Date: 
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Near Hawaii (22.75 N, 158 W)

Original data are available from the NSF R2R data catalog

The objective of this cruise was to maintain a collection of hydrographic and biogeochemical data at the Hawaii Ocean Time-series (HOT) stations. Three stations were to be occupied during the cruise, in the following order:

1) Station 1, referred to as Station Kahe, is located at 21 20.6'N, 158 16.4'W and was to be occupied on December 18 for about 3 hours.

2) Station 2: ALOHA (A Long Term Oligotrophic Habitat Assessment) is defined as a circle with a 6 nautical mile radius centered at 22 45'N, 158W. This is the main HOT Station and was to be occupied for 3 days from December 19 to December 21.

3) Station 6, referred to as Station Kaena, is located off Kaena Point at 21 50.8'N, 158 21.8'W was to be occupied on December 21 for about 2 hours.

A single CTD cast was to be conducted at Station 1 to collect continuous profiles of various physical and chemical parameters. Water samples were to be collected at discrete depths for biogeochemical measurements.

Upon arrival at Station ALOHA, a free-drifting sediment trap array was to be deployed. After deployment, a full-depth CTD cast was to be conducted, followed by CTD casts at strict 3 hour intervals for at least 36 hours for continuous and discrete data collection, followed by another full-depth CTD cast.

One free-drifting array was to be deployed for 12 hours for incubation experiments on December 20.

A plankton net was to be deployed near noon and midnight on December 19 and 20 at Station ALOHA.

After CTD work at Station ALOHA was accomplished, the ship was to transit to recover the floating sediment trap array. After recovering the sediment traps, the ship was to return to Sta. ALOHA to continue light cast operations, after which the ship was to transit to Station 6.

A near-bottom CTD cast (~2500 m) was to be conducted at Station 6 including salinity samples for calibration, after which the ship was to transit back to Snug Harbor.

A Profiling Reflectance Radiometer (PRR) and a Hyperspectral Tethered Spectral Radiometric Buoy (HTSRB) were to be deployed for half-hour periods near noon time on December 19, 20 and 21.

A package including a Wet Labs AC9, a Chelsea Fast Repetition Rate Fluorometer (FRRf), and a SeaBird Seacat was to be used to profile the upper 300 m at Sta. ALOHA for one-hour periods on December 20 and 21. A Satlantic ISUS sensor was added to this package to measure the vertical distribution of nitrate.

A Remote Automatic Sampler (RAS) was to be deployed after the second deep cast at Station ALOHA with the CTD cable to a target depth of 4500 m, and to be raised to selected levels at pre-determined time intervals, for a total of 8 hours.

The following instruments were to collect data throughout the cruise: a thermosalinograph, a fluorometer, and two anemometers.