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Current expeditions

RRS James Cook and RRS Discovery are both currently undergoing refit works. See the expedition pages for more information.

RRS James Cook and Blue Mining

Meteor Cruise 108 to the Porcupine Abyssal Plain (PAP) sustained observatory

ODAS buoy

Update – 17 July 2014

‘Slides in the Deep’ expedition blog now live

‘Slides in the Deep’ expedition

A team of UK scientists is sailing to the site of prehistoric underwater landslides near the Arctic Circle. They are posting their daily reports on a daily blogsite

Cruise JC071 – 11 May 2012

RRS James Cook bridge

We awoke this morning to the sight of land (Wales) in the distance. The first land we have seen since Lundy Island, mid afternoon on the 1st May.

Cruise JC071 – 10 May 2012

Engineering tour

We will be back in UK waters shortly so underway sampling will start again. Everyone else is starting to pack up their equipment and looking forward to all the analysis of the frozen filters and samples when they get back to NOC.

Cruise JC071 – 9 May 2012

Denise Smythe-Wright

Today has been a quiet day in that everyone has been bent over their laptops securing their data, and log sheets and writing their sections of the cruise reports.

Cruise JC071 – 8 May 2012

Jacco and Greg’s FRRF

Today was programmed to be the last on site, so there was lots to be packed in. The last Megacore was completed over night, and the PELAGRAs floats were recovered after 48 hours deployed.

Cruise JC071 – 7 May 2012

Trap A samples

Time out here is precious so the nights are busy too. Corinne deployed a new zooplankton net overnight; the last one got ripped as it was hauled back on board and the Mega Corer was deployed again.

Cruise JC071 – 6 May 2012

Bathysnap deployment

The schedule was changed this morning so that PAP3 could be redeployed.

Cruise JC071 – 5 May 2012

SAP (Submersible Autonomous Pump) on deck

Saturday was so busy I forgot to write a blog entry!