- Stan Locker, USF, Chief Scientist
- Ian MacDonald, FSU, Co-Chief Scientist
- Peter Lazaravich, FSU
- Eric Howarth, FSU
- Mauricio Silva, FSU
- Anne Harvey, FSU
- Samir Daneshgar, FSU
- Dana Fields, FSU
- Courtney Bryller, VSU
- Charnelle Bland, VSU (Intern from Emory University)
- Chelsea Kuhs, USFSP
- Leo Meirose, USFSP
Bland and Courtney Kuhs from Valdosta State University |
collect water from the rosette after a profile at the Mooring Site.
Success of the cruise depends on getting all the equipment to work correctly. As is often the case, the team has to spend many hours coaxing complicated electronic equipment to function underwater.
and Chris from the Weatherbird II crew|
lower a pole-mounted sonar into position.
Stan Locker is using his side scan sonar in two modes: as a pole mounted sensor for shallow depths and as in a towfish to access the deeper stations.
Scientist Stan Locker preparing his |
sonar system for towfish deployment
The MILET (Modular Instrument Lander and Equipment Toolsled) will collect data from the deepest stations. Initially, MILET has trouble communicating through the fiber optic cable that transmits its images and measurements back to the surface. The FSU team spends the better part of two days disassembling and troubleshooting before locating the problem — a faulty cable, which was brand new for the cruise!
|Ian MacDonald working on the MILET benthic imaging platform.|
With all the equipment working, the long hours of survey can begin. The teams trade watches recording the data files and keeping the RV Weatherbird II on track by radioing instructions to the bridge.
Daneshgar and Leo Meirose, with Stan Locker in the background, |
are standing watch during a sidescan sonar survey of the mooring site.
Ian MacDonald,Florida State University