The second leg of the TTIDE cruises is set to take off from Hobart on the RV Falkor. We have been busily prepping our instruments, eager to get underway. A two-day delay in port, due to an electrical backup system that needs repairing, has given us a good amount of time to prepare for the big seas and big science … Read More
We’re currently hovering close to the northern site as we prepare to deploy moorings T1 and T3. A perfect storm (dare I say it) of high winds and choppy waters forced us to abort Friday’s deployment shortly after we threw the upper float of mooring T1 over the side. The wind was howling at 36 knots at the start, and … Read More
The focus of our cruise so far has been on deploying moorings, the backbone of this data-collecting mission. At their simplest, moorings keep boats, ships or buoys anchored to a single spot. The moorings we are using here, called subsurface moorings, are anchoring long, vertical stretches of line, sometimes several miles long, to the ocean floor. The top end of … Read More
Years, months and days of planning are finally coming to a head as we continue our fourth day dropping instruments into the water. A storm is coming, so we’re racing to deploy as many moorings as we can before the seas turn angry. Nevertheless, morale is running high from the excitement of pulling off such a finely-tuned collaboration between various … Read More
After an exciting four days loading up the Revelle, we left the dock at 4pm on Friday and steamed for about 24 hours into the Tasman Sea. We have been lucky to have fair weather conditions as everyone finished preparing instruments for the first mooring. Watch the video to learn more. —Julia Calderone, The Revelle The Tasman Tidal Dissipation Experiment … Read More
As we begin our final day of preparations, here are a few images from the last few days of planning and unloading. The Revelle leaves at 4pm from MacQuarie Wharf #4 today! — Julia Calderone, The Revelle The Tasman Tidal Dissipation Experiment // Supported by the National Science Foundation
The research vessels Revelle and Falkor are in Hobart! Now it’s time to start unloading all of the containers of equipment that were sent from San Diego in November! TTIDE Leg 1 science crew are in Hobart and working hard before their departure date on January 9.