Hi from the R/V Atlantic Explorer! It is day three of the 287th BATS cruise. I’m Joanna and I work as a research technician for the Bermuda Atlantic Time Series Study. The Bermuda Atlantic Time Series Study (BATS) started monthly sampling in October 1988. Cruises generally last between 5-6 days and occur on a biweekly to monthly basis. The aim of the time series is to enhance the understanding of the role of oceans in the global carbon budget. It also aims to improve the knowledge about the effects of climate change on marine ecosystems. You can find more information about the study on the bios website.
The chief scientist on this cruise is Dr Rodney Johnson. We set sail at 7am on Tuesday morning with the aim of sampling at Hydrostation S, however due to bad sea conditions the cruise schedule had to be altered and we headed straight to the BATS site. It took us around 14hours to reach the BATS site due to the bad weather so most of the day was spent either sleeping or reading! We managed to fit in two zooplankton night tows upon arrival at BATS. On Wednesday we deployed the sediment trap array which will remain at 150, 200 and 300m for around 72 hours before recovery. The seas were still slightly choppy and we had a few showers but the deployment went well and we will recover the traps on Saturday.
|The sediment traps before being deployed in the rain|
|Violetta with the production day cruise schedule|
|The production floating array|