I have received today the first solid information from the Spanish
vessels management comission that is preparing the 2013 schedule.
Pending official confirmation, our SPURS cruise on board the Sarmiento
de Gamboa (http://www.utm.csic.es/sarmiento.asp) should start on 14
March 2013 somewhere in the Caribbean (connected to a previous cruise in
the region) and finish on April 20 in Vigo (NW Spain).
As no major changes are expected, it is time to start the scientific
planning. I attach the original cruise plan (early 2010) drafted after
some discussions within the international SPURS team. At that time it
was expected to be the first SPURS cruise, in spring 2012, and hence
moorings and other deployments were included in the plan. Later on the
overall SPURS planning was changed, and our cruise was delayed by one year.
In the SPURS meeting in Seattle last January, we envisaged the
possibility of having the Sarmiento cruise in coincidence with the
Endeavour, and then thinking on some parallel/complementary sampling.
According to the last news forwarded by Ray in August, it seems this
will be the case.
Then I suggest starting a discussion within this list to propose a
feasible implementation of a 2 vessels campaign. Our 2010 cruise plan
can be substantially modified, as it was drafted to meet the SPURS needs
and this is still our current philosophy. We can accomodate on board
several participants from other SPURS groups (probably up to 12-15) with
their specific instrumentation and/or measurement objectives, either
those mentioned in the 2010 plan or others. Our available equipment will
include VM-ADCP, underway surface TS+fluorometer, CTD+LADCP+rosette,
SeaSoar, multibeam echosounder, meteo package, 10-12 surface salinity
drifters, and maybe 1-2 Argo floats. We can of course deploy instruments
from groups not embarking on the Sarmiento.
You are invited to send suggestions and proposals of participation, so
that we can have a consistent and final planning on time to implement
all the logistic requirements.