Category Archives: Cruises

A Friendly Visit

Today we had a nice visit from our friends that are working on the LiDZ project, as well as a few other visitors. It was a pleasant diversion from our standard operating procedure but it also meant we had to … Continue reading

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Back in the Saddle!

I’m sitting in the dry lab of the RV Hugh R Sharp as I write this. The Scanfish is in the water, the sun is shining, and the coffee is hot. It’s been 7 months since I was last on … Continue reading

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Not the ending we wanted

I’ve been quiet on the blog for a few days, mainly because we’ve been busy and because I was feeling like I was running out of things to write about.  I’ve started two blog posts but haven’t completed them, but … Continue reading

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The retreat (of hypoxia, not science).

We’ve been in the Chesapeake Bay for 36 hours now, and sampling for about 30 of those hours, so it’s probably time to check in. So far we’ve completed a Scanfish survey, 6 CTD casts and a few net tows. … Continue reading

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Once more for good measure

It’s been almost two weeks since we were last out on a boat so it must be time again!  On Monday we’ll be loading the RV Hugh R. Sharp for our last trip into the Chesapeake Bay to look at … Continue reading

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The home stretch

It’s about 5 am central time, we’re on our last transect of this cruise, Neil Young is ‘Rockin’ in the Free World’, and the Late-Night watch is feeling contemplative. As we turned the corner and deployed the CTD for our … Continue reading

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Bottom and midwater hypoxia shows up

Here’s the most recent plot of our Scanfish transects, showing 1) how far east we’ve come on the cruise, and 2) the presence of both bottom and mid-water hypoxia. The second plot shows a blow up of only the last … Continue reading

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Still here, still collecting data.

I’ve been quiet for a few days, mainly because of equipment problems that have kept me busy, but we also encountered some inclement weather last night that was not conducive to sitting at a computer. The equipment problems have been … Continue reading

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Labor Day Weekend Data

We’re moving further east and knocking down transects slowly but surely. The OPC will get it’s wet test in about 30 minutes, but the deck tests have been successful, so we’re [still] cautiously optimistic we’ve got the problem licked. Below … Continue reading

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A little less data tonight

The Scanfish OPC (Optical Plankton Counter) has been doing some funny things, so the Planktoneer is playing electrical engineer in the middle of the night, with some encouragement and help from the rest of the science crew. We noticed some … Continue reading

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