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Cruise reports

No. 2 (2020)

Physical Process Cruise 2018: Cruise Report

April 17, 2020


The cruise KH 2018-709 aboard the Research Vessel Kronprins Haakon was the second process cruise of the project the Nansen Legacy. The cruise contributed to task T1-2, on process studies to investigate the atmospheric, oceanographic, radiative and other physical controls on sea ice and stratification, with a general aim to identify and quantify the processes that control the heat budget north of Svalbard and in the Barents Sea. The cruise aimed to deploy oceanographic moorings and gliders, an AUV, a remotely piloted unmanned aircraft, controlled meteorological balloons, collect underway measurements from ship-mounted ocean current profilers, wind profilers, radiometer and wave sensors, and collect ocean stratification, currents, and microstructure profiles along selected transects across the north Spitsbergen shelf and slope. Additionally, wave sensors were deployed at ice floes from ice edge into pack ice. This report provides an overview of the methods employed and the data collected.


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