In April 2018, ATLAS researchers from NIOZ, boarded the RV Pelagia for a two-week expedition to Rockall Bank as part of the Netherlands Initiative Changing Oceans (NICO). Freelance journalist Edda Heinsman joined the expedition, and shares her experience.
After some initial frustration, two landers have been successfully deployed from the CCGS Amundsen in the Labrador Sea.
Graham Tulloch (British Geological Survey) was responsible for fitting, programming and testing all of the equipment prior to deployment. Very strong currents caused the second lander to plane 150 metres away from the ship at one point, but it was successfully deployed on the second attempt. A beacon on the landers provides (and will provide – we hope!) the accurate positions of the lander now and when they are picked up next year.
Thanks are due to all who have collaborated to enable ATLAS to participate in this expedition. Our colleagues Barry MacDonald and Ellen Kenchington (Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Canada) and Steve Ross (UNC Wilmington, USA) have worked extremely hard behind the scenes. We are also grateful to Graham Tulloch (BGS) and to Sabena Blackbird (Univeristy of Liverpool) (pictured below) for participating in this expedition, which should provide ATLAS with some excellent material for research. The detailed long-term data on temperature, salinity, currents, fluorescence, and rates and composition of sedimentation collected from the landers is sure to make for some exciting results next year!
Follow the Amundsen live from the Labrador Sea here: https://data.amundsen.ulaval.ca/
Graham and Sabena being transported to the CCGS Amundsen by helicopter, 2018. © Graham Tulloch
ATLAS partners Dick van Oevelen and Evert de Froe were recently on board the NV Pelagia, part of the Netherlands Initiative Changing Oceans (NICO) expedition. You can read more about their activities at their cruise blog https://nico-expeditie.nl/blogs/how-do-organisms-living-bottom-get-their-food.
A Dutch newspaper, Omroep Zeeland, also featured an article on the cruise. Read the English version here.
ATLAS colleague Telmo Morato is on the 'Blue Azores' expedition. Below you can see the crew preparing to explore deep sea walls south of São Jorge Island, Azores.
Getting ready to explore deep sea walls south of São Jorge Island, Azores. © Telmo Morato, 2018