June 15-24, 2012
The goal of this cruise is to characterize and sample the repeat sites that will be investigated in the region of DeSoto Canyon, Gulf of Mexico during the Deep-C project. These sites have been chosen with reference to previous sampling, bathymetry, and fine-scale geomorphological features. The degree of success in completing a full array of sampling activity including bottom photography, sediment sampling and water column profiling will allow effective planning for future cruises.
Cruise PreparationThe Deep-C science party (13 scientists and students) is mobilizing the RV Weatherbird at the Florida Institute of Oceanography (FIO) facility in St Petersburg, FL. This will be the Geomorphology Cruise. Sailing is scheduled for 08:00 15-June. First events will be calibration of the ultra-short baseline navigation system.
Dr. Ian MacDonald