Filed Under (Uncategorized) by holserr on 17-08-2009

A few of us brave sailors have once again embarked on a sea-born adventure. Due to space and time restrictions on the primary SUCCES cruise, a number of experiments are taking place piggy-backed on to a cruise for the Reimers lab. Al Devol brought his lander out to allow us to look at changes at chemical changes in the water-sediment interface over the course of around 15 hours. The lander is affectionately known as Ole Yeller

The lander is programmed to drop it’s ballast at a specified time in the morning, causing it to rise to the surface. Additionally, surface buoys, flags, lights, and transmitters ensure that we don’t lose track of the gear, even if it does not surface on its own.

The other members of the SUCCES crew (myself included) are managing a number of incubation experiments intended to watch chemical changes in both surface and bottom boundary layer water over the course of a week. Every day we stop a portion of the incubation for analysis. There are several different iron incubations, a TCO2 incubation, and two POC incubations.

Meanwhile, the Reimers lab has been attempting to collect sediment cores the last two nights, but unfortunately haven’t had much success yet. We’ve cracked one tube, lost another on the bottom, and pulled up a lot of water.


The weather has been slightly less cooperative the last two days (25+ knot winds, 6ft wind waves and 7ft swells) which may be contributing to their difficulty.

Filed Under (Uncategorized) by holserr on 11-08-2009

The whole SUCCES science crew.IMG_3188_2

Filed Under (Uncategorized) by Robert on 11-08-2009

We have had a spectacular cruise in every way imaginable …
here are few final pictures to leave you with:

Exciting science – dissolved methane plume over Heceta Head sxs2_xsct3_methane

Studying the finer points of the food chain.food_chain_small

Dale contemplates the meaning of …?DaleContemplatesSmall

But then he calls in for reinforcements HowMany

Kipp supervises. KippSupervises

The traditional ritual cup-squeeze-on-the-CTD has been offered up to Neptune.Cups

Sara and Miguel feel the way we all to about this “SUCCESful expedition.”AllSmiles

The seas were calm and friendly. SunsetSmall

as our hosts waive good bye.JustAfluke3

Filed Under (Uncategorized) by holserr on 09-08-2009

I think it’s only fair that we also introduce our primary author, who is pictured here in deep contemplation of his next blog post.IMG_3085_2

Filed Under (Uncategorized) by Robert on 08-08-2009

We have shared some of the science and certainly some of the views of the ocean. But the ship’s crew and professional staff make our work possible. We are a team, as we live and work together at sea. It’s hard to know where to start – perhaps at the TOP …
TheBridge The Bridge changes the watch. Captain Rick briefs 2nd Mate Toni as AB Patrick keeps us all pointed where we need to go.

DoghouseComposite AB Doug stands by in the DogHouse (winch and crane control) and helps us lower the CTD water sampler to the seafloor.

DoSiDo in MarTech Office The Marine Technician’s office is always a hub of activity … a line for an ethernet cable or a square dance (see Video at 11).

GalleyCrew Jockie and John have the most stressful job on the ship – feeding your friends 3-times/day, 24/7. But their constant smiles show their pride and good humor – surely needed to care for this shipload of misfits (speaking for myself, of course).

EmptyLab SO, if I say we are working so, so hard, WHERE IS EVERYONE (is it a movie? a whale on the rail? is it a Fire and Boat drill?) …

TheMess But of course! It’s dinner time.

Filed Under (Uncategorized) by Robert on 04-08-2009

OK – so the blogosphere has missed us (maybe one of two of you) – but we really have been working hard… really!  We are working in very shallow water which is both beautiful and requires constant vigilance to keep the towed vehicles OFF the rocks (thanks again to the COAS Active Tectonics and Seafloor Mapping Group)!   The dye was injected at 35m water depth off Neskowin and we have been following it around ever since.  This has been complicated in that it wandered off south into the Siletz Reef complex (remembering Tackle-Buster reef from May, which now has orange paint on it).

Below are a few shots of how difficult the views have been (every once and a while the fog lifts and “Oh, my GOSH!, the radar is RIGHT!  There IS a mountain right there! (Cascade Head).

Cascade Head appears.

Much better in the sun!

Wecoma sails west.

Bird Food.

Bird Bath


Then,   every once and a while, dinner jumps out of the ocean and presents itself ….