We did not have much internet as we sailed around the Fram Strait so sorry for the lack of updates. Someone in work recently said to a few colleagues of mine that I hope you've had a nice 'holiday' whilst we've been away from SAMs....I wish we could say it had been a holiday but it was far from it. Firstly, we had an incredible cruise and got to see parts of the Fram Strait which only a handful of people see, the views were spectacular, the sea ice majestic, the wildlife even though limited this year was a beautiful site to see. But you never forget that you are at sea away from home, your loved ones, your favourite food and normal exercise and that you're pulling long shifts or working through weird hours of the night (which you don't know is night as it's so light). I feel so privileged to have a job that lets me see the world and get involved with science that is looking at how climate change is going to change the Arctic and in turn the rest of the world so I wouldn't change this job for the world!! The photos are mine and also from the shared photo drive that people added to from the cruise.
So here is what we've been doing the last few weeks....
Our routines regularly changed depending on sea ice/weather/kit/breakages/depth of water (the deeper it was the longer the science took to complete). This is the big science team that were working different shifts on various different projects and experiments, the crew (who I didn't quite manage to round up for this photo) made it all happen, without them the science could not have been done! So we thank them for their help and laughter during the cruise.
|Teams DIAPOD and ARISE..you can find information about the individual projects from this website and my earlier blogposts https://www.changing-arctic-ocean.ac.uk/about/|
So our very rough plan where our schedule usually started at midnight was a CTD (the conductivity-temperature-depth) instrument that collects water at various depths depending on the physics from the cast, then bongos, then onto more zooplankton nets, then coring!