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Research Cruises

Research Cruises are one of the key activities to obtain oceanographic data. IOC Member States operate hundreds of research vessels that collect millions of observations every year. Information on these cruises and related vessels are available as follows:

Cruise Schedules/Programmes Databases

Option 1

http://www.researchvessels.org - search database: http://www.researchvessels.org/ship_gen.asp  

Maintained by University of Delaware (USA) as part of the Ocean Information Center (Oceanic). (>1990. Countries (as in September 2016: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Bermuda, Brazil, Chile, Denmark, Finland, France, France and Spain, Germany, India, Israel, Japan, Korea, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States. Note: 

Option 2

http://www.pogo-oceancruises.org/welcome.asp - search database: http://www.pogo-oceancruises.org/content/content.asp?pageid=2 

Maintained by POGO (>2001. Countries (as in Sep 2016): Australia, Belgium, Bermuda, China, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, United States) 

There is also more: HERE

Ship Specifications and contact information databases

Option 1

http://www.researchvessels.org - search database: http://www.researchvessels.org/qryshipinfo.asp 

Maintained by University of Delaware (USA) as part of the Ocean Information Center (Oceanic).

Option 2

http://www.pogo-oceancruises.org/welcome.asp - search database: http://www.pogo-oceancruises.org/content/content.asp?pageid=1

Maintained by POGO

Cruise Summary Reports databases

Option 1

http://ocean.ices.dk/Roscop/Default.aspx - search database: http://ocean.ices.dk/Roscop/roscop.asp 

Maintained by ICES, denmark

Option 2

http://www.pogo-oceancruises.org/content/content.asp?pageid=3 - search database: 

Maintained by BSH, Germany


In the late 1960s IODE started the system of the National Oceanographic Programmes (NOPs) and Cruise Summary Reports (CSRs, formerly ROSCOPs) as a way to share information on planned research cruises as well as to report on the results of research cruises. For many years the NOP information was managed by the IODE Secretariat. However, at IODE-XV (1995) an offer was made by the University of Delaware to take on this task as part of OCEANIC (www.cms.udel.edu). The IODE Committee accepted this kind offer and Oceanic managed the service for well over ten years. At IODE-XVI, IODE decided to cease the mailing of paper copies of NOPs by the Secretariat, requested NODCs to mail NOPs directly to OCEANIC, and recommended that NOP information be made available on-line through OCEANIC.

The ROSCOP (Report of Observations/ Samples Collected by Oceanographic Programmes) was conceived by IOC/IODE in the late 1960s in order to provide a low level inventory for tracking oceanographic data collected on Research Vessels. The ROSCOP form was extensively revised in 1990, and was re-named the Cruise Summary Report (CSR). Most marine disciplines are represented in the CSR, including physical, chemical, and biological oceanography, marine geology and geophysics, fisheries, marine contaminants, and marine meteorology. In the late 1980s ICES led the effort to digitise the ROSCOP/CSR information and pioneered the development of a database for this information, and, in collaboration with IOC/IODE, developed and maintained a PC-based CSR entry tool and search facility. The emphasis for this was on ICES member countries, but extended to other countries who wished to submit their information. 

Over the last few years there has been a renewed interest in an operational and well maintained database and web-site for research vessels of length > 60 metres, certified for open ocean research. Most recently the Partnership for Observation of the Global Oceans (POGO) members have recognized the need to improve on information sharing on pre- planned, planned, current and past cruises and related databases to enhance awareness of opportunities, to improve cost-effectiveness of cruises and to improve data mining.

Subsequently, having reviewed the OCEANIC activity, POGO issued a call for tender to establish an international research vessel programme database for open ocean research vessels. This comprises approximately 300 research vessels, operated by about 50 institutes worldwide. Most of these institutes are represented in POGO and/or the International Research Ship Operators' Meeting (ISOM). The basic aim of POGO is to have an instrument supporting more efficient use of the research vessels, mutual tuning of planned cruises, pooling and combining resources.

[provided by Lesley Rickards - Document IOC/IODE-XIX/12 - http://hdl.handle.net/1834/2779]



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