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The Inner Space Center (ISC) has completed another successful year of ocean exploration! We’re excited to say that we’ve had a few milestones this year. We supported three research vessels, completed our first-ever live TV broadcasts from sea, and worked with the University of Rhode Island's R/V Endeavor using telepresence.
Mission: Use robots to study carbon and life in the ocean. Follow along LIVE on YouTube!
Official cruise summary:
Principal Investigator: Dr. Melissa Omand
This is a pilot cruise with two overall objectives: 1) Inter-comparison of particle export from a neutrally buoyant sediment trap (NBST), Wirewalker, and surface-tethered trap array. 2) Inter-comparison between a Slocum glider and REMUS - both equipped with nitrate sensors, and calibrated with CTD bottle samples.
The cruise will primary consist of deployment and recovery of the assets.
November 3: Morning: We will steam toward the shelf break near the pioneer array. Afternoon/Evening: We will stop at Station 1 (location of the Slocum Glider). Deploy the REMUS and do a CTD cast with Niskins. Collect water for traps, for nutrients. Request that the Glider pilot fly toward a downstream location from Station 2. Night: Steam towards the 500m isobath (Station 2). Underway, we will prepare the sediment traps.
Nov 4: Morning: At Station 2, we will deploy the NBST, Wirewalker and drifting trap array. Ideally REMUS and Glider can be piloted toward the vicinity of our drifting platforms. Ship follows drifting platforms, CTD casts. Afternoon: Hang some McLane traps over the side for a few hours, near the assets. Evening: After 24 hours of the REMUS mission, we will recover the REMUS. Possibly recover WW to check if it is behaving ok. - charge batts. Night: Continue tracking assets, Watch persons can do CTD casts near glider/AUV/WW/Traps.
Nov 5: Morning. CTD casts. Afternoon/Evening: Second deployment of Mclane Pumps. Deploy AUV. Deploy WW. Night: Continue tracking assets, Watch persons can do CTD casts near glider/AUV/WW/Traps.
Nov 6: Morning/Afternoon: Recover NBST. Recover WW. Recover Trap array. Evening: Recover Glider. Recover AUV. Night: Steam home. Then recover the Wirewalker, NBST and trap array.
While the debate for whether or not the federal government will be creating the first national marine monument off the US Atlantic Coast continues, we thought it would be great to show you what the Feds may end up protecting.
From September 2nd, to September 6th, several members of our URI GSO Inner Space Center team sailed aboard the R/V Endeavor. We were joined by scientists (from the URI Graduate School of Oceanography), high school teachers, and members of the United States Coast Guard Academy. Everyone onboard came out to sea for our Rhode Island Shipwrecks project. Our first mission for this project was to use telepresence technology to send live shows from R/V Endeavor to our event partner, Rhode Island PBS, and to the internet. Our second mission was to explore shipwrecks near Rhode Island and work with participating scientists and engineers on board to accomplish their research goals.
We have had an exciting season so far. Just in case you haven't been able to tune in we wanted to give you an update! This season we have been working with two ships, the E/V Nautilus and the NOAA Okeanos Explorer.
What if I told you that one of the final battles of World War II happened only a few miles off Rhode Island?
It's really on... University of Rhode Island PhD student, Brennan Phillips, along with myself, are in the Solomon Islands in the western equatorial Pacific to discover and document hydrothermal activity of the deep waters here. And, we are going to look at an erupting volcano.
The TREET program is in the thick of it. Transforming remotely conducted research one day at a time as they work in direct communication and interact with the E/V Nautilus. They are studying the Caribbean Sea's most active submarine volcano, Kick 'em Jenny.