Abstract

Purpose of cruise is to deploy the SailBuoy and to get a few independent measurements near the deployment site. The mission of Deep-C's SailBuoy is to gather scientific data throughout the northeastern Gulf of Mexico. A number of sensors have been mounted on the SailBuoy, allowing us to monitor seawater parameters, such as temperature, salinity and dissolved oxygen. Collection and analysis of this data will help Deep-C scientists better understand how particles and dissolved substances (such as oil) are transported from the deep Gulf to the shelf waters in the northeastern Gulf across the continental shelf and the DeSoto Canyon -- an erosional valley that cuts through the continental shelf in the northern part of the Gulf. Another objective of Deep-C's SailBuoy project is to investigate and better understand the