Thursday, March 24, 2011

Back, by popular demand

The able sea chicks are back! Remember all those moorings we deployed last year? Well, the time has come for us to head back out into the Philippine Sea to recover them and download all the data that has been collected over the past year.

We are experiencing a little deja vu as we sail out of the harbor in Kaohsiung, Taiwan on the R/V Roger Revelle, but a lot has happened since we set out on our deployment cruise a year ago.

Able Sea Chick Kathleen finished up her sabbatical at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego and is back teaching at George Mason University. Lucky for us, she could take a few weeks off and join us for another oceanographic expedition.

Able Sea Chick Lora finished up her postdoc at Scripps, and has started a research position at the University of Hawaii (Aloha!). She was out on the Revelle here in the Philippine Sea last November to deploy acoustic Seagliders, which have been swimming around the moorings making measurements since that time. We will be recovering two of these gliders during this cruise and will tell you all about them in later posts.

Welcome aboard for another cruise, and feel free to spy on us on the ship's webcam.

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