Log Post: Skimming the Surface

The sea-surface microlayer (SML) is the boundary interface between the atmosphere and ocean, covering about 70% of the Earth’s surface. Gases, heat, and particles entering (or leaving) the ocean need to pass the microlayer. Its thickness is equivalent to a human hair, but can grow to a thicker biofilm in the presence of surface-blooming cyanobacteria. … Continued

Log Post: Asking Questions, Not Answering Them

“Technology is the answer, but what was the question?” I revisit this thought often, especially when posed with how to incorporate new technology into my creative process with awareness for its impact on the world. The question was originally proposed by the unconventional and remarkable architect, Cedric Price over 50 years ago, and the question … Continued

Log Post: Riding the Wave

My name is Carson Witte, and I have been on this ship since before Halloween. Wait – this cruise did not start until late November! Why have I been onboard longer than most of the crew, and what have I been doing? Well, here’s the story… Combining Datasets The headline feature of this research cruise … Continued

Log Post: The Ocean Skin

My name is Una Miller and, as a PhD student at Columbia University, I study how the ocean and atmosphere interact. On this research cruise, I am acquiring infrared (IR) imagery of the sea surface that will allow us to study the precise boundary over which this interaction occurs… the cool-skin layer! Visualizing The Invisible … Continued

Log Post: The Physics of Radiation

Do you know the color of the ocean? Most would say ‘blue,’ and certainly from space that is generally the case. However, the ocean has a palate far more extensive than many would think. Its color varies hugely depending on where and how you look at it. Asking the question of ocean surface color can … Continued

Log Post: Weekly Video: Dynamic Methods

The ocean is a very dynamic environment, and our methods for making measurements needs to be equally dynamic: to react at a moment’s notice. The #AirToSea story starts – and ends – with a map. From a low-resolution, satellite map with a scale of hundreds of kilometers, to a high-resolution map of microturbulence with a … Continued

Log Post: Movement Painting
 – A Visual Memory of Days at Sea

As this transit from Hawai’i to Fiji was my first time being at sea, I was very curious to experience the ship’s movement. Before boarding I was nervous about big swells and any kind of inclement weather causing sea sickness, but within hours of being onboard I overheard that we were expecting smooth seas ahead … Continued

Log Post: Traces of an Underwater Volcano

Pumice: derived from the Latin word pumex meaning “foam.” In French it is known as “the foam of the sea.” During a volcanic eruption, molten lava – which has a high water and gas content – is suddenly depressurised and cooled rapidly. The dissolved gases are exsolved when depressurized and then frozen in the lava … Continued

Log Post: Ocean Hues

My name is Kelly Luis and I am a PhD student at the University of Massachusetts-Boston. I study ocean color from remote sensing platforms and on this cruise, I am ground-truthing ocean color measurements from UAVs and satellites. Hawaiian Blue Water Growing up in Hawai’i, the ocean’s blue hues were the backdrop to my childhood. … Continued