The HC Maria is a cargo ship sailing under the flag of Malta. The cruise took place in August-September of 2010. The cruise area included North Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea. Sixty-five (65) measurement series spanning 17 days were acquired.
Dr. Alain Royer from Centre d'applications et de recherches en teledetection (CARTEL), Universite de Sherbrooke (Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada) was a Principal Investigator for aerosol optical depth measurements and operated a sunphotomter onboard.