The RV Southern Surveyor (http://www.marine.csiro.au/nationalfacility/features/vessel.htm) is a national facility available to marine scientists to explore and study Australia's oceans. It is owned and managed by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), and its operations are funded by the Australian Government to enable oceanographic, geo-science, fisheries and ecosystem research.
The cruise (Voyage Number: SS03/2010) took place in April-May 2010.The cruise area included the South Indian Ocean (the Kimberley shelf). Twenty (20) measurement series spanning ten (10) days were acquired during the cruise.
Dr. Nagur Cherukuru from the CSIRO Land and Water Division (http://www.csiro.au/science/Environmental-Earth-Observation.html) was the Principal Investigator for aerosol optical depth measurements. Mr. Paul Daniel from the same institution operated sunphotometer onboard. This cruise is part of ongoing wider environmental earth observation research activity undertaken at CSIRO with the support of Wealth from Oceans (http://www.csiro.au/org/WealthOceansFlagship.html), National Flagship program, Australia.