After the expedition
The work does not stop after the research cruise has finished. While some scientists can start to interpret the data gathered and develop their findings. Others will have to wait for their data to be collected, especially those working with long term moorings. Find out what happens to all the information collected from an expedition.
Collecting data and samples on a cruise allows the scientists at sea to study. By bringing them back to shore this information can be placed in collections and repositories; to be shared and used over and over again. As well as saving time and money by preventing duplicate cruises, appropriate and accessible storage helps to further knowledge and advance disciplines.
A cruise report is a document written mainly by the Principle Scientist that details what happened on a cruise; the equipment used, the time and date it was deployed and the data it collected. Technicians can contribute information about specific pieces of equipment as well. It generally contains the hypothesis, results and conclusions the scientist has drawn, as well as their future plans.