Eddy Exploration and Ecosystem Dynamics

Cruise Log

SOI / Thom Hoffman

A Greater Understanding

What is there left to say? The blogs that have been written about this cruise cover the breadth and depth of this amazing expedition. If...

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SCOPE / Elisha Wood-Charlson

Technology, Courage, and Next Steps

Now that I have recovered from lack of sleep, two weeks of intense sampling, and can feel the stable earth under my feet, I would...

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Wrapping Up the #MicrobeEddyBots Expedition ~ Week 04 Video

"Whenever you are able to achieve something that you couldn't before, it always gives you hope for the future." More than a decade went into...

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An Ocean’s Breath

There are only a few places in the ocean where the dynamics of the microbial organisms are so tightly coupled that they give rise to...

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SOI / Thom Hoffman

How To Spy On Nitrogen-Fixing Bacteria

As we sail through the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre (NPSG), we are surrounded by clear, blue water. Sunlight can penetrate beyond 100 meters in this...

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Pumping Iron

When I am out at sea and have just finished a long day of collecting seawater samples, my favorite comfort food is a big bowl...

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Can’t Stop Moving

I really can’t stop moving. There are two reasons for this. One is that I am on a ship. The other is that I am...

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Elisa Malinverno / Angelicque White

Microbes and Machines ~ Week 03 Video

"These eddy fields are fantastic natural laboratories. They are large enough that we are able to conduct simultaneous measurements using autonomous vehicles, profiling floats, and...

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SOI / Thom Hoffman

My New Colleague Is a Robot

It is an amazing sight to see: water 360 degrees around you and nothing else. However, taking repetitive measurements every day in the middle of...

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SOI / Thom Hoffman

Rhythm in the Eddy

It is midnight, and the ship’s lights are dimmed to limit interference with some extremely light-sensitive instruments. Fernanda Henderikx and Mathilde Dugenne lower an optical...

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SOI / Thom Hoffman

Behind the MicrobeEddyBots

The ocean is full of relatively small events that happen over a short period of time. To help scientists maintain a more persistent observing presence...

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The ‘Bots are Back! ~ Week 2 Video

Drama and suspense are not generally the first things people think of when oceanic research is discussed, but second week of the #MicrobeEddyBots research cruise provided...

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SOI / Thom Hoffman

Underway CTD’s – The Struggle is ‘Reel’

Although our expensive new robots can cruise underwater for days at a time, setting them up for their most scientifically valuable missions begins with compiling...

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Elisha M Wood-Charlson, University of Hawaii

Sampling Eddies

Nearly two weeks into the expedition, our cruise has achieved a number of impressive successes already: chasing the eddy, characterizing it, and tracking its features....

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Tracking Eddies

Once the LRAUVs Opah and Aku rendezvoused with the Falkor in the center of the eddy, it was time to switch them from survey mode...

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Autonomous Vehicles: The Future of Eddy Exploration ~ Week 1 Video

Scientists and engineers from the Simons Collaboration on Ocean Processes and Ecology (SCOPE) and the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) are exploring eddy features...

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SOI / Thom Hoffman

Characterizing Eddies

From the heart of the cyclonic eddy, we turned the Falkor north and cruised to its edge. We found the counterclockwise spinning cyclonic eddy. Now...

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SOI / Elisha M Wood-Charlson

Chasing Eddies

After a bumpy night of sailing from Kahe (West O‘ahu) to the south of O’ahu and Moloka‘i, avoiding [most of] the roughest seas in the...

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Elisha M Wood-Charlson, University of Hawaii

Setting Off to Explore Eddies

Aloha from the Pacific Ocean! For the next month, we will be using some amazing autonomous robots to explore an ocean eddy in never before...

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