Flying through microspace

Latitude:  61°06′ N
Longitude:  001°06′ W
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Air Temp.: 3.3° C
Water Temp.: 8.1° C
by Klas Moeller onboard the FS METEOR for Leg II

The Video Plankton Recorder (VPR) is non-destructive modern, optical sampling gear. Imagine flying a sophisticated underwater microscope through the water at night. The VPR`s rapid camera images plankton and suspended particles (the base of the food web) at up to 30 frames per second.

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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

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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