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CLASS Blog Date: 2020-09-15 12:26
There is no question that this has been a challenging year for all of us. The impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic reach far and wide, affecting all of us personally and professionally. The CLASS programme is no exception of course, and here we set out some of the ways in which we are managing the...
CLASS Blog Date: 2020-09-08 14:27
Author: Neil Fraser, SAMS Slope currents are a typical feature of eastern ocean boundaries. A jet of water follows the steep topographic contours where the shallow continental shelf drops away rapidly into the abyss, playing a key role in the transport of heat, salt and nutrients away from the...
CLASS Blog Date: 2020-05-19 16:20
My name is Sarah Cryer, I’m a second year PhD student at the University of Southampton & National Oceanography Centre, and I was very grateful to be awarded a CLASS fellowship in 2019. I applied for the CLASS fellowship at the end of my first year in order to supplement work I was already...
CLASS Blog Date: 2020-05-19 15:48
My name is Lukas, I am 28 years old and after successfully completing an international Master´s degree in marine sciences, I started my PhD at the University of Portsmouth in October 2019. My main research interest lies in biogeochemical cycling of nutrients and their fate in the marine environment...
CLASS Blog Date: 2020-05-05 08:37
Hello, I am Hannelore Theetaert, a marine chemistry lab technician working in the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) in Ostend (Belgium) and having a B.Sc. in chemistry. In my job I am involved in ICOS (Integrated Carbon Observation System), and looking after two ICOS stations (the RV Simon Stevin...
CLASS Blog Date: 2020-02-24 14:26
Sampling at sea gives you many hurdles to overcome, and I am not just talking about seasickness! When we have a CTD rosette in the water it can be travelling through the water column for a few hours. The maximum rate of cable out is ~60 m/min, therefore in 6000 m depth this takes a minimum of 100...
CLASS Blog Date: 2020-02-17 16:50
By Hannelore Theetaert While I am writing this, it is 4o’clock in the morning, and it’s the start of the last two weeks of sailing.  CTD number 99 is currently going down to more than 5500m depth and the night-shift is up and running. In a few hours we will sample the niskin bottles, 10 or 20...
CLASS Blog Date: 2020-02-12 15:29
The International Day of Women and Girls in Science is a great opportunity to recognize the critical role women and girls play in science and technology. On board the RRS James Cook a team of 10 women explore the ocean characteristics through water sampling, analysis and data modelling. Dr. Maria...
CLASS Blog Date: 2020-02-03 16:34
We are reaching the end of week 2 of our 6 week Atlantic passage on the RRS James Cook, and what does this mean? Well, the whirlwind of the first few days are behind us, the night shift are slowly getting used to curry for breakfast and we’ve run out of marmite. Our food related issues aside...
CLASS Blog Date: 2020-01-29 11:11
When we think of a graveyard, the last thing that we think of is the ocean: a vast expanse of water that teems with life and a bounty of fascinating dynamical processes. The Gulf Stream happens to be a sink of highly energetic ocean processes, for example mesoscale ocean eddies. Eddies are...