“Down to the Twilight” continues with North Atlantic research

Another busy season of North Atlantic ecosystem research is in full swing with two large European ocean vessels currently blogging while at sea.

UK’s RRS James Cook has just sailed to the Porcupine Abyssal Plain to study the twilight zone and Marine Snow (follow the twitter #hashtag #MarineSnow for updates). The crew and scientific party will be at sea 20 days, and will interact with the UK research program OSMOSE, deploying sea gliders in the same research area. Christian Lindemann and Antony Birchill will post regular updates on the “Down to the Twilight” blog.

At the same time, the Norwegian G.O.Sars is nearing completion of surveys between Norway and Greenland in iceberg ridden waters (follow blog and videocasts in norwegian and on the G.O. Sars’ Facebook page).

Both cruises are in support of the EURO-BASIN Cruise Campaigns 2012-2013 (full calendar).

EURO-BASIN Cruise Campaign Calendar 2013

EURO-BASIN Cruise Campaign Calendar 2013

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Where is the team now?

Three months after the return of the RV METEOR from the Deep Convection cruise, some of the cruise participants are travelling to Trondheim in Norway, to complete the EURO-BASIN Mesocosm experiments.

First samples have just been collected, following a two week setup by NOC, CNRS-UBO, University of Munich, with other participants preparing to arrive for the experimental runs.

Professor Christina De La Rocha will be running a daily photo blog, so you can follow the mesocosm of colleagues, running a mesocosm of their own.

Follow the photo blog on http://eurobasinmesocosm.blogspot.dk/

On location

Latitutde: 61°30′ N
Longitude: 011°00′ W
Time: 0600 GMT
Water temp.: 8.6 degree C
by Ivo Grigorov, EURO-BASIN Project Office

The sun sets over TARA`s mission, as FS METEOR settles in the sampling area for the next 4 weeks.©Vincent Hilaire, TARA Oceans

As, the TARA Sailing Vessel has wrapped up its TARA Oceans two-and-half-year mission, and ‘Abyss’ film director and National Geographic Explorer, James Cameron, has become only the third man to reach the deepest part of the ocean, diving to the Mariana Trench, FS METEOR settles in the ‘Deep Convection’ sampling area south-west of the Faroe Islands.

Seniour scientist aboard, Michael St John, says: ‘We have arrived in pre-spring bloom conditions, still have deep convection and we have diapausing Calanus as desired! This is really exciting. The team works is well connected. The best cruise I have be on so far!’ (FS METEOR`s current position).
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A “dry” run

Latitude: 49°24′ N
Longitude: 013°30′ W
Time: 18:00 GMT
Weather: warm Sea state: calm
Station: Test Station
by Chris Lindemann, DTU-Aqua

At 18:00 we arrived at Test Station. Because we had to unravel the 4 000 meter long winch wire on the after-deck, we needed to choose a very deep station. Due to the good weather conditions, we could test some other gear too. First we verified that the Remote Operated Vehicle (ROV) is well balanced and can maintain a stable flight when submerged. Continue reading