The R/V Thomas G. Thompson is owned by the Office of Naval Research and operated by the School of Oceanography at the University of Washington as part of the University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS) fleet. The cruise took place in March-April 2012. The cruise area included the area off the west coast of Mexico in the North Pacific Ocean. Fifty-two (52) measurement series spanning 14 days were acquired during the cruise.
Dr. Maija Iris Heller from University of Southern California at Los Angeles was a Principal Investigator for optical depth measurements and operated the sunphotometer onboard.