Sunday, June 26, 2011

Who is onboard?

The science party includes researchers from the State University of New York at Albany, University of California at Irvine, National University of Ireland Galway, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Texas A&M, the University of Sao Paulo, and the Brazilian Space Agency (INPE).  A range of research backgrounds are represented, including meteorology, atmospheric chemistry, physics, and physical and biological oceanography.  In following blog posts these research groups will provide more specific details about their activities on Knorr.
In addition to the science team, the R/V Knorr has a professional staff of 26 onboard who operate the ship, including maintaining the mechanical functioning (engines, electrical generators, communication, navigation) to assisting with deck operations (CTD casts, instrument deployments) to providing excellent food for everyone onboard.  Included in the ship’s staff are marine technicians who work with the science team to help them carry out their research.
This cruise is the result of a long planning process (over a year) that requires close coordination between the science team and the ship’s personnel so that specific needs of research projects can be met.  Between several weeks to a month before departure, science equipment was shipped from our home institutions to the ship in Woods Hole.  The science team convened in Woods Hole June 18th to begin loading gear onto the ship and set up equipment for sampling.  The six days of setup time in port is long compared to most oceanographic cruises due to the complexity of the instrumentation used to measure air-sea gas exchange. 

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