Thursday 4th September, 2014After 4 days of continuous 24-hour seafloor surveying, we have got into the daily routine of work and life on the OSG Explora. The expertise and synergy of the different international people on board is fascinating and play an important role for the success of this mission. This expedition is funded by the Marie Curie Actions and is a collaboration between the following institutions:
- University of Malta (UoM)
- National Oceanography Centre, UK (NOC), and
Aaron (UoM) is the brains behind this project, and the Chief Scientist of the mission. More on Aaron in an upcoming post.
|Aaron: Happy with his latest core catch.
|Isabella, Daniela & Andrea: Planning the next route for the OSG Explora
Riccardo is engineer at OGS and ships/operational manager on board. He handles the deployment and recovery of instruments, such as the gravity coring and SVP (Sound Velocity Profile), from the sea.
|Ricardo: Monitoring the deployment of a core down to the seafloor
|Joshu: working on one of the retrieved cores.
|Tim: Processing the multibeam data into detailed, colourful mops.
|Veerle: measuring the length of our first core.
|Claudio: Cleaning a piece of rock collected from one of the cores.
|Matthew under the watchful eye of Veerle
|Antoniette: During one of today's three coring operations
|Julie Auerbach, a geologist on board
One of the great things about being part of this expedition is the element of strong communication and team work between all the scientific crew. Whilst the science is taken seriously, we find some time to chat on our personal lives, take photos, videos, and write this blog :)