The frenzy before the storm
April 11, 2009
Sea temperature: -0.1°C
Air temperature: 0.5°C
As the Palmer began heading north this morning on its journey back to
Punta Arenas, the science teams began the time-consuming process of
packing up samples, instruments, and lab supplies. Remaining samples
from yesterday’s MOCNESS tow and ROV dive were sorted, photographed, and
preserved during the day. The marine technicians disassembled the
MOCNESS nets and hung them to dry. The Lagrangian sediment traps were
taken apart and put into shipping boxes in the cargo hold of the ship.
Lab areas were busy with people finishing measurements and data entry.
Data collection is done but analysis continues. The principal
investigators can be seen in front of their computers studying data
plots and lab notebooks. Lively discussions arise as they work to
interpret observations that were made during this expedition.
Everyone is pushing to get as much done today as possible since the
weather is predicted to worsen by tomorrow. Transit time is also
important for organizing information from the cruise, from data files to
photographs. And after days of round-the-clock sample processing, it’s a
welcome change of activities.
— Debbie Nail Meyer