Research cruises and data

Since 1993, twenty-four UK research cruises have made measurements on the SR1b line across Drake Passage.  

Data from these cruises are available from BODC through the links in the table below, and should be acknowledged using the following text: "Data were collected and made publicly available by the International Global Ship-based Hydrographic Investigations Program (GO-SHIP; http://www.go-ship.org/) with National Capability funding from the UK Natural Environment Research Council to the National Oceanography Centre."  

Links to cruise reports and to cruise blogs, where available, are also given in the table below.   

Finishing a CTD in calm waters of the Antarctic Peninsula (Image: J. Mecking)

Recent and upcoming cruises

2016/2017: JR16002, Principal Scientist: Yvonne Firing
10 November - 3 December 2016
Ports - Port Stanley, Signy, Rothera, Vernadsky, Port Stanley

2017/2018: Principal Scientist: Yvonne Firing
2 November - 9 December 2017
Ports - Port Stanley, Port Stanley

2018/2019: GO-SHIP decadal repeat with additional chemistry

2019/2020

2020/2021

Completed cruises

All the Drake Passage repeat sections that have been occupied by the UK since 1993 are listed in the table below; cruise reports and data are available by clicking the links for each cruise. The table also includes summaries of the volume transport and seasonally-adjusted mean temperature of water carried through Drake Passage by the Antarctic Circumpolar Current, computed as described here

Season Start Date* End Date* Cruise Code Outputs Baroclinic Transport (Sv)** Potential Temperature (°C)***
1993/94 21/11/1993 26/11/1993 JR0a/JR00_1 Report | Data 134 2.17
1994/95 15/11/1994 21/11/1994 JR0b/JR00_2 Report | Data 141 2.08
1995/96 no cruise          
1996/97 15/11/1996 20/11/1996 JR16 Report | Data 125 2.12
1997/98 29/12/1997 07/01/1998 JR27 Report | Data 146 2.23
1998/99 no cruise          
1999/00 12/02/2000 17/02/2000 JR47 Report | Data 143 2.43
2000/01 22/11/2000 28/11/2000 JR55 Report | Data 141 2.17
2001/02 20/11/2001 26/11/2001 JR67 Report | Data 131 2.09
2002/03 27/12/2002 01/01/2003 JR81 Report | Data 135 2.03
2003/04 11/12/2003 15/12/2003 JR94 Report | Data 145 2.23
2004/05 02/12/2004 08/12/2004 JR115 Report | Data 126 2.04
2005/06 07/12/2005 12/12/2005 JR139 Report | Data 133 2.21
2006/07 08/12/2006 12/12/2006 JR163 Report | Data 126 2.16
2007/08 30/11/2007 05/12/2007 JR193 Report | Data 135 2.13
2008/09 13/12/2008 18/12/2008 JR194 Report | Data 131 2.28
2008/09 20/02/2009 26/02/2009 JC031 Report | Data 132 2.47
2009/10 19/11/2009 26/11/2009 JR195 Report | Data 115 1.96
2010/11 01/12/2010 17/12/2010 JR242             | Data incomplete  
2010/11 21/04/2011 25/04/2011 JR276 Report | Data incomplete  
2011/12 28/11/2011 05/12/2011 JR265 Report | Data 133 2.11
2011/12 07/03/2012 11/03/2012 JC069 Report | Data incomplete  
2012/13 18/03/2013 27/03/2013 JR281 Report | Data 133 2.25
2013/14 12/03/2014 02/04/2014 JR299 Report | Data (I)(II) 148 2.33
2014/15 13/01/2015 18/01/2015 JR306 Report | Data 159 2.26
2015/16 06/01/2016 12/01/2016 JR15003 Report | Data 120 2.09
2016/17 08/11/2016 05/12/2016 JR16002 ReportData    

*start and end date of measurements
**relative to deepest common level (may vary from occupation to occupation); 1 Sv = 1 million cubic metres per second
***transport weighted mean of temperatures seasonally adjusted to December climatology