Stratus 10: Tenth Setting of the Stratus Ocean Reference Station. Cruise RB-10-01 January 2 - January 30, 2010 Charleston, South Carolina - Valparaiso, Chile
WOODS HOLE OCEANOGRAPHIC INSTITUTION MA UPPER OCEAN PROCESSES GROUP
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The Ocean Reference Station at 20 degrees S, 85 degrees W under the stratus clouds west of northern Chile is being maintained to provide ongoing climate-quality records of surface meteorology, air-sea fluxes of heat, freshwater, and momentum, and of upper ocean temperature, salinity, and velocity variability. The Stratus Ocean Reference Station ORS Stratus is supported by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administrations NOAA Climate Observation Program. It is recovered and redeployed annually. During the 20092010 cruise on the NOAA ship Ronald H. Brown to the ORS Stratus site, the primary activities were the recovery of the Stratus 9 WHOI surface mooring that had been deployed in October 2008, deployment of a new Stratus 10 WHOI surface mooring at that site, in-situ calibration of the buoy meteorological sensors by comparison with instrumentation installed on the ship by staff of the NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory ESRL, and collection of underway and on station oceanographic data to continue to characterize the upper ocean in the stratus region. Both underway CTD UCTD profiles and Vertical Microstructure Profiles VMP were collected along the track and during surveys dedicated to investigating eddy variability in the region. Surface drifters were also launched along the track. The intent was also to visit a buoy for the Pacific tsunami warning system maintained by the Hydrographic and Oceanographic Service of the Chilean Navy SHOA. This DART Deep-Ocean Assessment and Reporting of Tsunami buoy had been equipped with IMET sensors and subsurface oceanographic instruments, and a recovery and replacement of the IMET sensors was planned. However, the DART buoy broke free from its mooring on January 3rd and was recovered by the Chilean navy the work done at that site during this cruise was the of the bottom pressure unit.
- Physical and Dynamic Oceanography
- Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods