Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
Northern Expedition
July 27 - September 10, 2013

MBARI's research vessel Western Flyer and remotely operated vehicle Doc Ricketts are on a seven-week expedition to the waters off the coasts of Oregon and Washington. A multidisciplinary group of MBARI scientists and collaborators will explore and conduct research experiments on gas hydrates, the behavior of carbon dioxide in the deep sea, underwater volcanoes, and deep-sea animals.

The expedition is divided into three main sections, each with different research objectives. The map below shows the locations where each group is focusing its research. In between each leg, the ship will dock in either Eureka, California, or Newport, Oregon, where one group of researchers will go ashore, the next group of researchers will board the ship, and the ship's crew will replenish fuel and supplies.

Throughout all four legs, scientists will be posting updates. You can find out more about the cruise and the researchers, and read the cruise logs they send back from the ship by following the links at right.


Leg 4, Day 6: All good things must come to an end
September 10, 2013

It’s a long trip from our research site offshore of Eureka, California, back to our home port of Moss Landing, California, but at least the swells and winds have subsided. The science team used the day to pack up their gear, clean the labs, and catch up on writing, reading, and editing projects. Read more...

Leg 4, Day 5: Dyeing for science
September 9, 2013

Just about every time ocean chemist Peter Brewer and his team go to sea, they put a new technique or tool to the test as they perform controlled experiments on the greenhouse gases of the deep sea. Read more...

Leg 4, Day 4: You win some, you lose some
September 8, 2013

MBARI intern Wilson Sauthoff controls the ROV's main science camera while the laser Raman spectrometer is taking a reading. Read more...

Leg 4, Day 3: Striking oil!
September 7, 2013

Today we used the laser Raman spectrometer to analyze gas being released from oil that we collected near the seafloor and then brought up toward the surface. Read more...

Leg 4, Day 2: Microbial processes in extreme environments
September 6, 2013

University of Georgia Postdoctoral Researcher Lindsey Fields takes water samples from Niskin bottles mounted on the side of the remotely operated vehicle. Read more...

Leg 4, Day 1: Champagne and Ice
September 5, 2013

We are lucky to have science illustrator Kelly Lance with us on this expedition. Her sketches capture the team at work and her illustrations will help explain the science. Here, Kelly shows Peter Brewer in the chief scientist's chair... Read more...

Track the Ship

Leg 1:
Gas hydrates

July 27 - August 6

Legs 2-3:
Seafloor lava flows

August 10 - September 1

Leg 4:
Deep-sea chemistry

September 5 - 10

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