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Posted: 22 June 2011
D366 The CTD has been recovered from its journey to the deeps, and is now working again. We are all of us relieved to be able to get back to our normal pattern of work. At 2am we collected the...
Posted: 21 June 2011
D366 Most work has not been possible today, due to a problem with the cable that the CTD is lowered on. Thanks to some hard graft from the ship’s engineers, it looks to be repaired now and we hope to...
Posted: 20 June 2011
Isis ROV A decision that ensures the future provision of remotely operated vehicle (ROV) capability for the UK marine science community has been taken by the National Oceanography Centre (NOC), working...
Posted: 20 June 2011
The SEDbed frame with members of the deployment team (from left: Terry Doyle, Ben Moate, Richard Cooke, Danny McLaughlin, Emlyn Jones) The latest acoustic instruments for probing sediment processes were recently deployed by NOC engineers and scientists in the Dee estuary on the new frame SEDbed (Sediment Experiments on Dynamics...
Posted: 20 June 2011
D366 The last few days have seen fairly high winds and big waves (see photos). Some stops for water sampling have had to be cancelled because it has been too dangerous to lower the CTD into the water....
Posted: 20 June 2011
D366 Almost two weeks are gone The first time I went on board the RRS Discovery I was disorientated and a bit worried about the life on board a ship. Some people were working to take on all the...
Posted: 18 June 2011
D366 Today our routine of collecting scientific samples has been interrupted by the arrival of the predicted rough weather. We are now heading out towards the deep Atlantic, roughly at the location...
Posted: 17 June 2011
D366 Coccolithophore blooms, almost Today’s blog entry is written by Jeremy Young, University College London, who uses both a normal light microscope and an electron microscope to work out the...
Posted: 17 June 2011
Prof Ed Hill, Lord Marland and Bishop James Lord Marland, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Department of Energy and Climate Change, learned about the National Oceanography Centre’s research and its role as a provider of national...
Posted: 16 June 2011
Pam Talbot MBE Warm congratulations to Pam Talbot, formerly departmental secretary for Biology, Biogeochemistry and Ecosystems, who received an MBE in the recent Queen’s birthday honours list. The award is for...
Posted: 16 June 2011
D366 On the cruise so far we have already seen large differences in the dominant phytoplankton present in different places. In just the last three days we have seen some places where diatoms dominated...
Posted: 16 June 2011
D366 Yesterday evening and today we have enjoyed sunny weather and calm seas, as shown in the photos. Those who were feeling a bit queasy earlier in the trip are now feeling much better. However, we...
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