OSMOSIS Research Cruise 2012

We're heading out into the North Atlantic on the RRS Discovery to discover what happens beneath the waves in the storm-tossed ocean. We want you to share this journey to see what we're looking for, how we do it and what it means for you.


RRS Discovery (image source: Wikipedia)

24 September 2012

Viene la tormenta?

Guest post - Adrian Martin (National Oceanography Centre)
La tormenta

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20 September 2012

Cast offs

After 36 hours of continuous labour, we have now got the science in the second leg underway. While the focus on the first part of the cruise was on flows stretching over tens of kilometres, we are now more concerned about flows that stretch over whole centimetres and our approach has changed accordingly.

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20 September 2012

Signs of life

Guest post - Ben Barton (MSci. Oceanography - University of Southampton)

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12 September 2012

Back East

We deployed the final guard buoy this morning at 11:42 which signalled the end of the first part of this cruise. The guard buoys are about 6 metres tall and so swinging them out over the side with the wind blowing and then dropping them into the swell with the crane constitutes a real spectacle for us, particularly if the wind is blowing and the buoy’s own heavy anchor is also in play.

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07 September 2012

The science team gets stuck in

The operation to deploy the moorings continued today aboard the RRS Discovery. With the technicians busy winding the kilometres of cable needed for them, it was time for the science team to step-in and construct the buoyancy units which will ensure the moorings can stand up to the violent storms in the winter to come.

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02 September 2012

CTD at sundown

Guest post - Ben Barton (MSci. Oceanography - University of Southampton)

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01 September 2012

Livin' for the Weekend

It's Friday night at 48 N 16 W and the OSMOSIS crew is celebrating the start of science on this cruise. After a long steam we've arrived on site to find perfect conditions with the ocean becalmed and the weather sunny.

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29 August 2012

The Gathering

The crew for the first leg of the OSMOSIS cruise has gathered in Southampton to begin mobilising for the cruise. While the people have travelled from as far away as the west coast of the US, the instruments to be deployed have travelled even further. Much of the mooring equipment spent the last two years being battered by the intense conditions of the Southern Ocean, while the gliders were last seen in the Weddell Sea off the Antarctic coast. My own journey took me all the away from Oxford (no changes).

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