Snowy end to Leg I

Latitude: 61°48′ N
Longitude: 005°54′ W
Air temperature: 6.7°C
Wind: 14 knots, south-west
by Michael St John, Seniour Scientist onboard FS METEOR

FS METEOR under snow near Faroe Islands.© C.Lindemann, DTU Aqua

Greetings from Meteor docked in Thorshavn, Faroe Islands. Here we are just finishing off our first circuit around the triangle. The weather gods have been relatively friendly, we have missed but a few hours due to rough seas which is rather surprising. To give you an idea, last night we had snow on the deck leading some to test their snowball skills, but again, no big seas.

The night before we took a wave over the back deck that twisted the big metal frame of the MOCNESS. The power of water is truly amazing! It seems every time we get close to the side of the boat, Neptune has a greeting for us. This is now an expected by all on board. I guess he does not want to give up his secrets without a comment or two. Anyway, we can hope for more friendly weather for the next leg, but as we all know this can be a stormy time of the year. Continue reading


MOCNESS ‘monster’ released over the stern

Latitude: 62°48′ N
Longitude: 002°30′ W
by Anneke Denda, onboard FS METEOR


Zooplankton drift passively with the currents, and although most are less than 2 cm in size, their grazing on marine algae transfers significant amounts of carbon away from the surface, and contact with the atmosphere.

MOCNESS samples

What lives at what depth? MOCNESS zooplankton samples, down with depth (left to right)
©Anneke Denda

On this cruise we are aiming to pinpoint at what depth zooplankton concentrate, while waiting for the spring bloom to occur.

Our tool of choice is a Double-MOCNESS (Multiple Opening and Closing Net and Environmental Sensing System): a net system with 2 x 9 nets of 333 μm mesh size and a net mouth opening of 1m2.

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All hands on deck

Latitude: 42°11` N
Longitude: 011°44` W
Time: 15:00 GMT
by Chris Lindemann

Linda Holste from University of Hamburg engrossed by the multiple closing zooplankton nets.
© Chris Lindemann (DTU-Aqua)

2ndday on the Atlantic: Today the sun greets us on another day of preparations. With little wind and hardly any waves, it almost feels like a summer cruise, although we are heading north towards a chosen location to test the gear.

Before the final preparations of all the equipment, we meet in small teams to determine everyone`s needs for samples and laboratory space. Making sure everyone gets the samples volumes they need, with the right equipment and at the time of day, or night, is like fitting together a complex jigsaw.
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