Welcome to the cruise blog for the third UK DIMES (Diapycnal and Isopycnal Mixing Experiment in the Southern Ocean) cruise. DIMES is a US-UK field programme designed to understand the magnitude and mechanisms of water mixing in the Southern Ocean. Determining these processes and their effect on the Meridional Overturning Circulation (MOC) is important if we are to understand the role of the ocean in the climate system and its sensitivity to future climate change.
This blog, managed by Katy Sheen and Alex Brearley at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton, will document the important scientific fieldwork being conducted on the this third UK cruise, including the highs and lows along the way. We will introduce some of the scientists onboard, the work they do and the equipment they use. We will hopefully have some great photographs to show as well!
As an initial disclaimer, the views expressed in this blog are reflective only of the contributors and should not necessarily be taken to be representative of any of the research institutes participating in DIMES or the funding agencies (NSF and NERC) supporting the work.
We hope you enjoy learning about the work we are doing.