Day 1: Getting our ship together

IMG_3835The R/V Sikuliaq from her stern. The cranes and winches will be used to load the equipment onto the ship and deploy the OBS and GPS/Acoustic instruments. 

This ship is part of the UNOLS fleet and is run by the College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences. The R/V Sikuliaq allows researchers to collect sediment samples directly from the seafloor, host remotely operated vehicles, use a flexible suite of winches to raise and lower scientific equipment, and conduct surveys throughout the water column and sea bottom using an extensive set of research instrumentation.

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The ship is currently docked in Seward, AK (see below), in Resurrection Bay on the Kenai Peninsula. The mountains shown in the background are a part of the Kenai Fjords National Park.

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The OBS and GPS/Acoustic instruments were shipped from the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and the Scripps Institute of Oceanography, respectively, in large shipping containers.

IMG_3847Orange GPS/Acoustic instruments. Three will be deployed during this leg. Ted Koscynski (LDEO OBS Engineer)

IMG_3846Yellow ocean bottom seismometers (OBS)

IMG_3849Most of our instruments at the Seward Marine Center waiting to be loaded onto the ship. David Heath for scale.

The Seward Marine Center is a major marine research and support facility operated by the University of Alaska Fairbanks College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences. Co-located with the Alaska SeaLife Center and the Alutiiq Pride Shellfish Hatchery, the “Seward Campus” is a central feature in the community of Seward and the Kenai Peninsula.

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