Exploring Carolina Canyons:
Mission Logs

Follow along as participants in the cruise provide updates and reflections on their experiences, the science, the technology, and other elements of the expedition.

 

Exploring Carolina Canyons: Mission Summary

Exploring Carolina Canyons: Mission Summary

Unfortunately, not all missions go as planned and some seem plagued from the start. No amount of planning can control the weather. One thing we have learned from previous expeditions is to be flexible and able to adapt to changing conditions. The goal is always to keep working and make the best of a difficult situation.

September 4: Running from the Storm: Hurricane Hermine Cuts Expedition Short

September 4: Running from the Storm: Hurricane Hermine Cuts Expedition Short

You can’t control the weather, but you can control the ship. In the end, the crew made the difficult but smart decision to cut the expedition short and depart Hatteras Canyon on Friday to make the nearly two-day transit north to Davisville.

September 3: Under Pressure: Shrinking Styrofoam Cups in the Deep Sea

September 3: Under Pressure: Shrinking Styrofoam Cups in the Deep Sea

We provide some background information about the science team on the Explorers page. However, we want to give a sense of who they were before they were scientists. Next up is Will Hefner, Multibeam Processor.

September 3: Before They Were Scientists: Will Hefner, Multibeam Processor

September 3: Before They Were Scientists: Will Hefner, Multibeam Processor

We provide some background information about the science team on the Explorers page. However, we want to give a sense of who they were before they were scientists. Next up is Will Hefner, Multibeam Processor.

September 2: Before They Were Scientists: Molly Curran, Mechanical Engineer

September 2: Before They Were Scientists: Molly Curran, Mechanical Engineer

We provide some background information about the science team on the Explorers page. However, we want to give a sense of who they were before they were scientists. Next up is Molly Curran, Mechanical Engineer.

September 1: A Long Dive: Sentry Explores Hatteras Canyon

September 1: A Long Dive: Sentry Explores Hatteras Canyon

With a two-day forecast of good weather on our side, we planned to deploy autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) Sentry for a 36-hour dive to collect images and side-scan sonar data.

September 1: A Day in the Life of a Survey Technician Aboard NOAA Ship Pisces

September 1: A Day in the Life of a Survey Technician Aboard NOAA Ship Pisces

My days can be very high tempo or very low tempo, scarcely anything in between. My job may require me to be on watch for 12-hour days, 12-hour nights, or something in the middle. While most vessels that conduct 24-hour operations have two survey technicians, NOAA Ship Pisces has only one.

August 30: Making the Best of Rough Weather: Sediment Collection off Cape Fear, NC

August 30: Making the Best of Rough Weather: Sediment Collection off Cape Fear, NC

As we headed to shallow waters off Cape Fear, NC to wait out some rough weather, we tried to think of ways to make the best use of our time. What better way to pass the time on a research vessel than to collect some data!

August 30: Before They Were Scientists: Carl Kaiser, AUV Program Manager

August 30: Before They Were Scientists: Carl Kaiser, AUV Program Manager

We provide some background information about the science team on the Explorers page. However, we want to give a sense of who they were before they were scientists. Next up is Carl Kaiser, AUV Program Manager.

August 29: Before They Were Scientists: Liz Shea, Curator of Mollusks

August 29: Before They Were Scientists: Liz Shea, Curator of Mollusks

We provide some background information about the science team on the Explorers page. However, we want to give a sense of who they were before they were scientists. Next up is Liz Shea, curator of mollusks.

August 28: A First Look: Sentry Explores Pamlico Canyon

August 28: A First Look: Sentry Explores Pamlico Canyon

The team’s efforts to overcome the challenges of the Gulf Stream have paid off. After heading farther south to an area with a lighter current and improving the stability of Sentry’s transceiver pole, today we had a successful dive exploring Pamlico Canyon.

August 27: Before They Were Scientists: Amanda Demopoulos, Research Benthic Ecologist

August 27: Before They Were Scientists: Amanda Demopoulos, Research Benthic Ecologist

We provide some background information about the science team on the Explorers page. However, we want to give a sense of who they were before they were scientists. Next up is Amanda Demopoulos, research benthic ecologist.

August 27: Challenges of Science at Sea: Delicate Instruments in the Gulf Stream

August 27: Challenges of Science at Sea: Delicate Instruments in the Gulf Stream

Working at sea is not without its challenges. There are known or expected challenges, such as working in remote locations, dealing with extreme weather, sampling in deep, dark environments, maintaining gear, and adapting to changing conditions. Today’s challenge was conducting operations in strong currents. We are in the Gulf Stream.

August 26: Staying Connected: How the Ship Tracks the AUV Sentry

August 26: Staying Connected: How the Ship Tracks the AUV Sentry

Radio signals do not effectively penetrate water. This means that normal navigation systems such as GPS do not work for submersibles, such as the AUV Sentry. The main method used to track and communicate with submersibles is sound.

August 25: Before They Were Scientists: Shelby Bowden, Multibeam Processor

August 25: Before They Were Scientists: Shelby Bowden, Multibeam Processor

We provide some background information about the science team on the Explorers page. However, we want to give a sense of who they were before they were scientists. First up is Shelby Bowden, multibeam processor.

Aug 24: Getting Underway: All Hands on Deck

August 24: Getting Underway: All Hands on Deck

And we’re off! We just set sail aboard NOAA Ship Pisces for a 15-day expedition to explore deep-sea coral habitats in three canyons off the coast of North Carolina.

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