Last updated: Monday, 17. July 2017 17:47 UTC Local time GMT +2
The James Clark Ross is now on the outer limits of the normal communications satellite. I may, from time to time, be able to update this page with the Daily Position Report, below. There will be no menu or photographs until the ship is back inside the satellite footprint. I also hope that the ship's track will continue to work.
It has been another beautiful day here in the Barents Sea, with this ship in the same position as yesterday, this being the first of a bigger science station with lots of things happening throughout the period.
The box corer has been deployed for the first time this trip and has been bringing up lots of lovely mud for the scientists to sift through, looking for beasties, and we have also been carrying out a number of trawls, which have also managed to provide further mud.
It is a mucky job and there has been no shortage of people wanting to get their hands dirty.
One of the trawls back on deck and the scientists getting stuck in to discover just what it has brought back up to the surface.
Arctic mud!! One of the prized objects that we have come to collect on this science trip.
One of the final tasks of the day was to deploy the glider and as I write the update page it has just submerged. The JCR will remain in position whilst it completes a number of test dives, and once the scientists are happy with the performance it will be left to carry out it's programme. It is designed to surface on a regular basis and during these periods it will communicate with a team of pilots in Southampton, who will be keeping a close eye on it's activities.
Deploying the glider is a very delicate operation, the strops have to be just right and once it is secure it is then lifted gently over the side of the ship and into the water, where it is then released.
Afloat. Having had the buoyancy calibrated yesterday it is good to see the glider floating correctly once released. The big pole is to keep the glider clear of the ship as we move away.
Later this evening the James Clark Ross will steam north to site B15, and it is likely that we will encounter ice before we get there. Looking at the latest Dartcom images I think that the ice edge is at about 78º 12'N and it will be interesting to see if I am correct or not.
On Sunday evening and throughout the night there were a number of whales, minke and humpback, that seemed to be happy to spend their time in our vicinity and on occasions came very close to the ship. Sadly nothing has been seen of them today.
Amazingly our satellite comms have been working, although in brief spurts, throughout the day. The antenna elevation is about 0.5º and this means that it does not take a lot of motion for the system to stop working.
Pictures taken during our comms blackout will be available once the ship heads south again and will appear in the archived Daily Updates.
Last week I mentioned a wedding at Rothera. This took place over the weekend and there is some more information and pictures HERE
Previous updates from this trip The archive only goes to 13th July. Once back in range of comms I will update any days that have interesting data.
Noon Position Report Monday, 17 July 2017
Lat 75 30.0’N Long 030 00.1’E,
Tromso, Norway 220 x 356’
Wind SSW’ly F3
Air Temp 8.3C
Sea Temp 6.7C
Baro 1008.0mb Rising slowly.
Blue skies, dry, fine and clear.
Vessel moving easily to a slight sea and low swell.
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