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CLASS Blog Date: 2021-04-26 17:06
Author: Allison Schaap, Ocean Technology & Engineering Group at NOC I had the privilege of spending February and March on board Germany’s famous icebreaking research vessel Polarstern in the Weddell Sea, Antarctica. Organised by the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research (AWI),...
CLASS Blog Date: 2021-04-14 16:09
The CLASS mid-term report highlights some of the exciting research and outcomes from the first half of the project. Download now!
CLASS Blog Date: 2021-02-25 09:47
Author: Allison Schaap, Ocean Technology & Engineering Group at NOC Work package 6 of the CLASS project revolves around the development and demonstration of new sensing systems for autonomous ocean measurements. Two of these sensors – those for pH and total alkalinity (TA) – have been used...
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...