Collaborative Research

Hump Day!
by -- January 24th, 2013

We have officially completed half of our cruise!

Tristan proudly shows off the tattoo someone put on him.

You may have noticed from Maria’s earlier post that we redirected our course south to avoid some rough weather, but we have since returned to the north!  Consequently, we have also returned to rougher seas although we have not been forced to turn back around again.  Most everyone has gotten used to the rough weather and has found ways to sleep, work, entertain themselves too.  Some people put lifejackets in their bunks to keep them from rolling around–because being on a SWATH vessel (Small Water Area Twin Hulled) causes the rocking to go in circles rather than back and forth.  All of us use slip resistant mats to place our computers on.  Everything is going pretty smooth, and we have been able to have a lot of fun at the same time too!  (I’m sure you have heard of 80’s day, trivia night–which my team, El Kapitans, were the victors–and awkward tattoos).

Today we also deployed a few more of the ARGO floats that are part of the POWOW2 cruise.  We are already receiving data back on several parameters including depth, temperature, salinity, etc.  For those of you not familiar with ARGO’s, they are a type of instrument you release into the ocean that sinks as low as 2 kilometers, and rises to the surface about every 10 days.  To date there have been several thousand ARGO’s released into the ocean.

Crew members of the Kilo Moana prepare to cast off the ARGO float.

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Stay tuned for more exciting news!

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