Braving cold weather and harsh conditions in the pursuit of science is something all of us onboard know something about. We sacrifice time with family and friends to live on the R/V Thomas G. Thompson, so we make sure to collect as much data as possible during that time.
Every data point we determine from this expedition is available to other scientists and the public. GO-SHIP cruises repeat measurements every ten years to better understand the ocean's cycles. SOCCOM floats report back every ten days to learn about some of those same parameters on a finer scale. Working together to understand these changes is what oceanography is all about, and the diverse science party onboard is dedicated to the cause.
|F.L.O.A.T. before its deployment (isa took the freedom to draw a "Fairly Large Operational Aquatic Technology" standing on Antarctica)|
|Deployment of F.L.O.A.T. (ph. by Andrew C.)|