Hello again! We have just returned from the first SeaGPS station located on an island in Disko Bay. Dave and I spent five days aboard the Adolf Jensen with Professor David Holland from NYU, his post-doctoral student Peng, and a mountaineer named Brian. The Jensen’s crew consisted of Louie (the captain), Kaia, Johan, and Andres (the cook). They were all very nice and welcoming. Outside of the SeaGPS station, David had four moorings needing to be serviced in the area and dozens of CTD stations. The moorings had been anchored to the ocean floor for three years measuring temperature, salinity, and currents at a fixed location (and so had lots of useful info stored-up!). The CTD stations on the other hand measure ocean characteristics throughout the water’s vertical profile at a fixed point in time. Since the moorings had been there for so long, they had accumulated several deep-water organisms on their surface (who did not seem enthusiastic about being brought to the surface). This made the cleaning and servicing process more time consuming (and a
bit disturbing). We reached the SeaGPS station on the second day. I had spent a long-time hearing about and preparing to service the station, so it was exciting to finally see it. I have attached a picture so you can see it too! It turns out some hungry individual (perhaps a fox or seagull) had pecked and/or chewed the camera and weather station wires. This we believed caused the whole station to short-circuit, since the GNSS station had also turned off. As such, there was only a few months of data on these
We had great weather while on the boat – clear skies and smooth waters for almost the whole trip. I also had the opportunity to stare at icebergs for long periods of time. They were incredibly beautiful. It was also quite humbling to be near chunks of ice weighing as much as my house. Although, despite their enormity, they are surprisingly quiet as they float along - I wish I were that graceful.
I think that sums up our time on the Jensen. On June 8th we returned to land and said goodbye to the crew who were departing on their next journey the following day. Now Dave and I are looking forward to having bit of time in Ilulissat before he leaves and before I head to the next site. I will let you know what we get up to!