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CLASS Blog Date: 2020-11-20 15:05
CLASS cruise DY116 to the Porcupine Abyssal Plain Sustained Observatory (PAP-SO) finally got underway at the beginning of November when the RRS Discovery set sail from Southampton. Originally scheduled for spring/summer 2020, like so many activities, it was delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic....
CLASS Blog Date: 2020-10-29 12:38
A Round up of Discovery DY120 from the Chief Scientist, Stuart Cunningham, Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) DY120 set out to complete work for the CLASS and UK OSNAP programmes, on a cruise that had been delayed from its original August 2020 dates because of the covid-19...
CLASS Blog Date: 2020-10-28 09:36
Author: Rachel Astell, RRS Discovery So, I was asked “what is it like working on board a research ship from a crew’s perspective?” Well, from a completely biased opinion, to put it plainly and simply, amazing! I am Rachel Astell, Third Officer onboard the RRS Discovery, one of two research ships...
CLASS Blog Date: 2020-10-26 15:40
Author: Lewis Drysdale (SAMS) Who is responsible for the successes across the UK OSNAP program? Surely it must be the principal investigators and chief scientists who write the annual reviews, organise meetings, oversee the science, and write those high impact papers that add to our understanding...
CLASS Blog Date: 2020-10-21 11:38
Author: Sam Jones, SAMS We often think of the world’s oceans as discrete systems, operating independently from one another. In fact, they are so deeply interconnected it is more appropriate to think of a single World Ocean, in constant circulation. Like a vast, stately conveyor belt, water flows...
CLASS Blog Date: 2020-10-08 08:07
Author: Saz Reed, SAMS Mobilisation. Mobilisation is the loading of the ship, getting everything unpacked and set up. What does that even mean? People do not talk about it or show photos of it, but it is the most important part of the cruise. The mobilisation is the preparation stage. A research...
CLASS Blog Date: 2020-10-07 16:53
Author: Kristin Burmeister, SAMS Oban bus station on a Monday morning at 5:30am. Most of the town is still asleep. A big bus is waiting for its passengers to board, the bus which will bring us all to our destination, the research vessel RRS Discovery in the harbour of Southampton. This is it, the...
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...