Log Post: The Small Things that Count

The timing could not have been more perfect for this expedition, which has given the science team a glimpse of mixing activity in the central equatorial Pacific during strong El Niño conditions.

Log Post: Student Opportunities: The Voyage Home

As we begin our transit back to Honolulu, Student Opportunities participants Julianna Diehl and Jennifer Killinger have time to reflect on the cruise and their experience. What was the biggest challenge for you while on Falkor? Julianna: After getting onboard Falkor, I was determined to learn and absorb as much as I could from each … Continued

Log Post: Student Video #2: Waves of Change

Check out the second video from one of our Student Opportunities participants, Jennifer Killinger. She takes a look at how Mixing Up the Tropical Pacific scientists on board Falkor are collecting oceanographic data with the CTD using Yo-Yo and Tow-Yo techniques.

Log Post: Message in a bottle…or a wave

Before the advent of modern oceanographic instrumentation, scientists possessed only rudimentary ways of exploring our oceans. Surface currents could be inferred from their effect on ship’s tracks, and from the net drift of floating objects released at one location and found much later at another, like a message in a bottle from another place. Tracking … Continued

Page: Cruises

INNOVATE • EXPLORE • SHARE Schmidt Ocean Institute operates R/V Falkor as a technologically advanced scientific platform supporting multidisciplinary oceanographic research and technology development. Explore the diverse research expeditions that have taken place with our collaborators on-board.

Page: Data Management

Schmidt Ocean Institute supports open sharing of information about the ocean to stimulate the growth of its applications and user community, and amplify further exploration, discovery, and deeper understanding of our environment. Through partnerships with data management archives and repositories in the oceanographic community, Schmidt Ocean Institute enables standard-compliant sharing of scientific information and data … Continued

Page: Internet Connectivity

One of R/V Falkor’s most useful tools is internet access made possible by a satellite connection. High above Falkor’s decks are two prominent white domes, which house the satellite antennas that enable internet at sea. The antennas are part of a unit known as VSAT - a Very Small Aperture Terminal How does VSAT work? … Continued

Page: High Performance Computing

Most modern researchers face hurdles in effectively processing massive quantities of data, but for ocean-going scientists the challenge is especially acute. While oceanographers collect their data at sea, they often can not process it until returning to shore. This poses a challenge as modeling and other work can reveal gaps or trends that can not … Continued

Page: Seafloor Mapping

R/V Falkor is equipped with a suite of the most advanced multibeam sonar systems available to oceanographers. Other Falkor sonar systems are designed to characterize fish and plankton assemblages, to measure currents, and to create images of the rock and sediment patterns found beneath the seafloor. Bathymetry imagery shows a clear difference between shapes showing … Continued