The Cascadia Initiative is an onshore-offshore seismic and geodetic experiment, using an underwater array of seismometers to measure the deformation of the Juan de Fuca and Gorda plates. The seismometers, located off the coasts of California, Oregon, Washington and Vancouver Island, need to be recovered and deployed every year in order to collect the data they contain.
Since 2011, Bill Hanshumaker, Oregon Sea Grant’s marine public educator at OSU’s Hatfield Marine Science Visitor Center in Newport, OR, has participated in the annual cruises as a means of bringing the experience of at-sea ocean research to classrooms on the shore.
For 2014, Dr. Hanshumaker is planning live Skype-to-shore sessions with selected science classrooms – if satellite Internet connections permit.
Learn more about the Cascadia Initiative from their Website.
We deployed the 24th seismometer at 9: this morning. The atmospheric pressure is dropping and the seas are rising, making the deployments more challenging. The roll of the ship increases the difficulty of both getting the seismometer to the rail and successfully releasing it over the side. We are heading back to Newport to pick up another anchor plate for one that we lost a couple of days ago. We’ll be doing a “touch and go”, without even putting out the gangplank. Fortunately, the last site is close to Newport.
At 9:50, seven of us met in the wheelhouse for a live Skype broadcast to HMSC. Tracy Crews organized “Career Day” for high school students and we responded via two way video to student questions from the Hennings Auditorium. Our virtual presence was projected on its large screen.
Bob Dziak – Chief Scientist – Professor, Marine Geophysics, OSU, – What are you studying out there? What’s it like working at sea?
Dave Ogorman – Marine Instrumentation Engineer, Wecoma – How did you choose this career?
David Gassier – Ocean Research Engineer, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University – What is your background? Is there a specialized degree in Ocean Engineering?
Del Bohenstiehl – Co-chief Scientist – Associate Professor – North Carolina State University – What do you like most about being a scientist?
Matt Fowler – Mooring and Instrumentation Engineer – Research Assistant, OSU – What is your background? What do you enjoy most about your job?
Martin Rapa – Development Engineer, Scripps Institute of Oceanography – What did you have to consider when designing an underwater seismometer?
Sea Grant's Bill Hanshumaker chronicles ocean research missions