Log Post: Converging on a Point

Science is a process of discovery. There is so much about the world that we do not know; discoveries can be made just about anywhere. Some scientists never have to leave the comforts of their own laboratory as their study subjects may be locally distributed, or they can access information from satellites and other data … Continued

News: 11,000 Meters Under the Sea—Meet Schmidt Ocean Institute’s New Landers: Part Two

Sending a 225-kilogram (500-pound) instrumented lander to even the deepest portions of the ocean is easy. The challenge is getting it back safely, a feat that requires substantial and reliable buoyancy. To overcome the limitations of conventional deep-sea buoyancy solutions, Schmidt Ocean Institute’s collaborative lander project with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution depends on a … Continued

News: Critical opportunities for advanced shipboard oceanography in 2017 planning workshop

On August 19th and 20th, 2014 Schmidt Ocean Institute convened a focused group of international experts in ocean sciences, technologies, and scientific marine operations to discuss and identify critical opportunities for technologically advanced shipboard oceanography in the next three to five years. Participants were encouraged to address the driving needs of the oceanographic and marine … Continued

Log Post: Loihi Seamount – Ironed Out

Like all good things, the Loihi Seamount excursion has come to an end. Close to two weeks onboard the R/V Falkor, and our science crew is leaving with enough data to keep them busy for the next six months. All in all, we had seven AUV Sentry deployments to the two deep regions of Loihi … Continued

Log Post: The Heart of Falkor

Most of the time when you tour a ship you see the main areas where the science gets done, the aft deck, wet lab, control room, but have you ever thought about what powers all these amazing technologies? I didn’t until recently, when I was graciously offered a tour of the engine room, also known … Continued

Log Post: The best of both worlds

Another day (or night), another hydrocast. As I watch the wire disappear into the ocean, I recall K.O. Emery’s preface to his classic 1960 book The Sea Off Southern California,“An oceanographer’s view of the ocean”. Emery pointed out that the surface of the open ocean looks the same no matter where you are, unyielding the … Continued

Log Post: The many gifts of AUV Sentry

By this point you should be intimately familiar with the star of our cruise, AUV Sentry. Sentryis primarily a survey tool, and like most Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUV’s) Sentry’s main mission is to collect data about the ocean bottom. In addition to many other types of information, Sentry collects several types of sonar data, photographs, and … Continued

Log Post: The Irons of Loihi: 2+ or 3+ Redox

Metals are present in our ocean, this is nothing new to us. Scientists have been measuring metals for decades and have a fairly good idea of their average concentration at different ocean depths. Some of these metals are very abundant, including ones that belong to the alkali metal and alkaline earth metal group, such as … Continued

Log Post: Loihi’s hydrothermal plume: More than just Iron

Although iron is the focus of our Loihi Expedition, a number of other measurements are being collected during our cruise as we hunt for Loihi’s hydrothermal plume. You might be asking yourself “If the focus of the cruise is to collect iron data, why measure anything else?” However, as scientists our goal is to tell … Continued