R/V Akademik Ioffe belongs to the P.P.Shirshov Institute of Oceanology of Russian Academy of Sciences (Moscow, Russia). The cruise took place in October November 2009. The cruise area included an Atlantic transect from North Sea to Cape Town. Forty-eight (48) measurement series spanning 13 days were acquired during the cruise.
Dr. Sergey K. Gulev from the P.P.Shirshov Institute of Oceanology (Moscow, Russia) was a Principal Investigator for aerosol optical measurements. Mrs. Yulia Zyulyaeva from the same institution operated the sunphotometer onboard.
The essential logistical help by Mr. Alexei Sinitsyn (Institute of Oceanology), Mr. Pjotr Petuhov (United Canal Agency GmbH) and Mr. Vadim Amelin (Trade Ocean Shipping Services) is greatly appreciated.