R/V Akademik Fedorov belongs to the Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute (Saint Petersburg, Russia) of the Federal Service for Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring of Russian Federation. The cruise started in November 2010 and ended in April 2011. The cruise area included an Atlantic transect from North Sea to Cape Town and then crossing into the South Atlantic to Antarctica, measurements around Antarctica, crossing to Cape Town, and an Atlantic transect back to Baltic Sea and Saint Petersburg, Russia. Two hundred eighty-four (284) measurement series spanning 48 days were acquired.
Dr. Vladimir F. Radionov (Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute, St.Petersburg, Russia) was a Principal Investigator for aerosol optical measurements. Mr. Aleksandr Prakhov from Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute (AARI) assisted by Mr. Vasily V. Polkin Jr. (Institute of Atmospheric Opitcs, Siberian Branch of Russian Academy of Sciences) and Mr. Mikhail Grachev (AARI) operated a sunphotometer onboard.