CTD Watch-standers Log: GO-SHIP I05 Week 1
Us: “Deck, lab. Ready to power on the Log.”
“Lab, Deck. You may power on the Log.”
Us: “Lab, copy.”
A little bit about the CTD watch-standers day team: Jomphol (Jom) would like to pursue a career in oceanographic engineering and is on board to learn about the experience you can’t get in a classroom and meet new people in the field. Alexis is on board to have first hand knowledge on how oceanography data is collected in the field. Kirstin is on board to gain experience in data collection and explore future career options. As we had our first official meeting, held by Brendan and Kay, we came to understand how important this cruise will be to gathering data on the Indian ocean and how it will be crucial for a multitude of studies in the region.
Our CTD training was a bit overwhelming at first but after some practical experience (and some strengthening of arm muscles) operations started going much more efficiently. We have also been helping out with the other science teams. We have been gaining experience sampling from the CTD Niskin bottles, attaching the LADCP cords to the CTD and downloading the data after a cast. A few things we have learned so far would have to be 1) even if you are eating lunch make sure to hold on during rough swell, 2) at the beginning of a new sampling technique don’t be fooled by the professionals it is a lot more complicated than it looks and you may feel like a baby giraffe figuring out where to put your hands and of course 3) when doing chemical samples don’t lick anything!
If you want to know more about our night owl team and more on our life at sea, please join us next week for the CTD watch-standers Log Week 2.
Us: “Deck, lab. The Log power is off.”