The scientists and technicians are organised into teams according to competence and tasks. Each have the responsibility for working up certain samples or processing and monitoring certain data. On the G.O.Sars cruise we had many teams delaing with e.g. fish sorting and identification, zooplankton sampling, ROV observations, optical profiling, lander deployments end marine mammals and bird observations. It is very important to have a clear dividion of labour and a schedule fo events.
The routine is basically set in the cruise plan worked out before leaving port, and this outlines what to do where and when by whom! Howver, working at sea with complicated instruments, the schedule often has to be revised in accordance with weather conditions and progress.
A routine or pre-determined schedule is important because many tasks are to be accomplished at the same time or in a logical succession. Also, there is limited time available and most cruises cannot be prolonged. But flexibility is also very important in order to make the best use of the time available.