The volunteer observation ship MS Transfuture 5 services the area between New Zealand, Australia and Japan. The cruise took place in November – December 2011. The cruise area included a Pacific transect from New Zealand to Japan. Thirty-one (31) measurement series spanning six days were acquired during the cruise, which proved to be much cloudier than usual.
Dr. Mike Harvey from National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (Wellington, New Zealand) was a Principal Investigator for aerosol optical measurements. Mr. Ross Martin from the same institution operated sun photometer onboard.
These measurements on the Trans Future 5 volunteer observing ship have been made possible through collaboration between the National Institute of Environmental Studies, Tsukuba, Japan in conjunction with the Toyofuji Shipping Company, and the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, Wellington, New Zealand.