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December 21, 2010
Onboard RIB Nathaniel B. Palmer
It's an amazing feeling seeing another ship in the desolate Southern Ocean!
The NBP and the Oden have completed a successful "rendezvous" and designated personnel and gear have been successfully transferred!
The ship's crew did a great job with the ship-to-ship connection, and the RPS team transferred all the cargo in less than an hour. If you look at the pictures, you will see how close the ships are to each other- a very precise maneuver to accomplish!
The Crab Team has relocated to the Oden and two RPS team members have joined the NBP. ASPIRE scientists have received all "late delivery" items and can now continue process studies as planned.
Chief Tish relates: “ I very much appreciated NBP Captain Maghrabi and his galley team for providing a fine meal and reception for officers and lead scientists of both ships…” Both ships also held "open house" for two hours to allow for open exchange. Thanks to all involved for a job well done.”
Tish also reinterated the intense workload being carried out right now.
Good luck ASPIRE- stay connected J
Question of the Day
- What are Polynyas and why are they important to study?
Polynyas, are recurring areas of seasonally open water surrounded by ice.
Energy and material transfer between the atmosphere, polar surface ocean, and the deep sea in polynas provide polar ecosystems with just the right ingredients needed for high productivity and intense biogeochemical recycling.
Polynyas may be the key to understanding the future of Polar Regions since their extent is expected to increase with anthropogenic warming.