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RV Blue Heron

Research Vessel Blue Heron Manufacturer:

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Location: North American Great Lakes

Faculty member in charge of instrument: Richard D. Ricketts; 218-726-7826; rickets@d.umn.edu

Description of instrument and special capabilities: 87’ research vessel that can be used for single-day (15 scientists maximum capacity) or multi-day (6 scientists maximum capacity) cruises on Lake Superior and the other North American Great Lakes.

Scientific Equipment: *CTD/Carousel water sampler (CTD also has fluorometer, transmissometer, PAR sensor, pH sensor, D.O. sensor and altimeter and the water sampler has 12 8-liter bottle capacity. *Triaxus- towed underwater CTD package and Optical Plankton Counter (Triaxus CTD also has a D.O. sensor, transmissometer and fluorometer). *60’ Stauffer Midwater Trawl with trawl sonar *Zooplankton nets *RDI Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler, 150 kHz *Ocean Instruments Multi-Corer *Piston corer *Benthos gravity corer *Ponar *Geopulse System (1-3 kHz) *Edgetech Side Scan/ CHIRP system *Knudsen 28kHz Echosounder *Bolt airguns with 1, 5, 10 and 40" chambers *Reson Multibeam Sonar *Radioisotope van with Beckman LS 6500 Liquid Scintillation Counter

User charges: $6,500/day for federally funded projects, $5,556/day for state funded projects

Other useful information:
Contact Richard Ricketts for scheduling information. The Blue Heron’s web page contains additional information.

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