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Journals 2008/2009

Jeff Lawrence
Lowrey Middle School, Tahlequah, OK

"Factors Controlling Coccolithophore Calcification in the Ocean"
R/V Roger Revelle
December 4, 2008 - January 2, 2009
Journal Index:
December 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9 - 10
                11 - 12 - 13 - 14 - 15 - 16 - 17
                18 - 19 - 20 - 21 - 22 - 23 - 24
                25 - 26 - 27 - 28 - 29 - 30 - 31 January 1 - 2

December 5, 2008
The Ship is Underway

The R/V ROGER REVELLE left port from Montevideo, Uruguay yesterday afternoon at 4:00 pm local time or 18:00 GMT. The time is four hours ahead of (CDT) Central Daylight Time. Before departing, the science crew, which includes 33 members from all around the world met in the ship's library to coordinate the events and schedule for the cruise. Many lab experiments will be going on simultaneously and efforts are being made to ensure that there are enough carboys (water samples from the CTD) for each scientific measurement that will be occurring along the way.

Ship leaving Montevideo Harbor

We also had a safety meeting. Safety of the scientist and crew is of foremost importance, followed by the safety of the ship, and then of course the science. If someone gets seriously injured it could jeopardize the entire study. We also had a safety drill, which included man overboard, fire suppression, and abandoned ship. Each person aboard has a specific place and task to perform when there is a drill or actual emergency. You must wear closed toed shoes for safety while working onboard, dress appropriately in case of emergencies, and don a life jacket and possibly an exposure suit if the weather warrants it.

Fire Hose important part of ships safety

Today we will sail to our first deployment or staging area in which the CTD will be deployed to gather water samples so scientist can extract a sample amount they each need to conduct their specific lab. An instrument called a CTD is an important instrument used in oceanographic science allowing scientist to gather samples of ocean water up and down the water column. The CTD is pictured below and designed to gather water samples, each canister will open at a different depth to gather samples for various experiments aboard the . This will give scientist a better understanding of water density, pH, salinity, and the variety of biological life forms that may be present at that depth.

CTD apparatus (Conductivity, Temperature, Depth)

Final preparations for stations in the main lab are being completed. The scientist will begin collecting water samples today using the CTD to gather water samples. The samples will then be distributed throughout the ship for analysis. I am in the main lab securing a few valves for use in the fluorometer, which will help determine the size and amount of biological creatures that are living within the water sample at a particular depth.

Securing valves in the Main Lab

Questions of the Day:
  1. What does GMT stands for as a time measurement?
  2. What time is it where you live if it 1800 GMT in London, England?
  3. Why is a safety such a priority on a ship?
  4. Why are the buoys red on one side of the ship and green on the other?

Reminder: You can find the current ship location and much more data at:
Click on Captains Daily Report on REVELLE: The Lat./Longitude, sea conditions, weather, and other data will be available.