Monday, 6 February 2012

Turbulent times

Despite difficult weather conditions, we have been hard at work overnight completing the first three CTD stations along the North Scotia Ridge. Unfortunately, 30 knot winds and high seas are preventing us from deploying any of our microstructure profilers at the moment, though we are expecting the conditions to ameliorate over the next few days.

Today’s photo fix is provided by Xinfeng Liang, who works with Andreas Thurnherr at Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory. He is studying for a PhD in Physical Oceanography and is our resident expert in Lowered Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler data on our cruise.

 Dhruv observing the HRP deployment at the first test station
 Heather contemplating on deck
 HRP in the water
 Ken at the HRP deployment
 Lou and Katy at the deployment
 What a difference three days makes. The ship in the trough of a wave this morning
Albatrosses flying close to the ship

Update: Winds have increased to 40 knots and CTD deployments are temporarily suspended. We hope to resume shortly.

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