Category Archives: Equipment

Seasoar, satellites and sampling areas…

We are spending two days deploying Seasoar and doing surveying. Seasoar is towed off of the back of the ship and we do a grid pattern across the survey area. Seasoar measures temperature, salinity and a fluorometer (which measures plankton biomass).  It … Continue reading

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CTD Casts

Dr. Ralf Goericke’s group did several CTD casts today.  They took salinity, temperature and water samples during day and night.  Water samples were analyzed for different chlorophyll concentrations.  Different types of chlorophyll indicate different phytoplankton groups and amount of chlorophyll give biomass amounts.  The … Continue reading

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MOCNESS and Oozeki Net Tows

Happiness is being able to find an empty washing machine in the laundry room when you want one!!  Yes, it’s the little things that count!  On the ship you clean your own room, make your own bed and do your … Continue reading

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CTD and Plankton Casts

We sampled all night and are still doing CTD and plankton casts today.  I am waiting to see the Oozecki in action.  The Oozecki is a large net that they tow behind the boat at depth to catch sample of … Continue reading

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Moving Vessel Profiler

As an example, an MVP™ profile to a depth of 100 metres would take four (4) minutes from deployment to recovery.  The illustration to the right shows an example of a temperature profile collected from an MVP cast. The sequence … Continue reading

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Sea Survey: A view of the sampling area…

This morning we finished the Seasoar survey.  It took less than 3 hours to retrieve the seasoar with no problems. It took 12 people to do it, but they did a great job ( probably why it took less time … Continue reading

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Seasoar

We put the Sea Soar in the water!  It focuses on measuring hydrographic properties with high spatial resolution in the upper few hundred meters of the ocean.  It looks a bit like a small childs airplane. The Sea Soar undulates between the surface and … Continue reading

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