Friday, June 25, 2010

More Details

This multidisciplinary mission involves participants and contributors with backgrounds in geology, biology and oceanography. This includes experts from 2 government departments (Fisheries and Oceans Canada - Nova Scotia & Newfoundland; and Natural Resources Canada) and 2 universities (Memorial University and Université du Québec à Montréal).

This mission, which spans nearly 3 weeks, will employ the services of the Remotely Operated Vehicle ROPOS (Remotely Operated Platform for Ocean Science - Canadian Scientific Submersible Facility). ROPOS (figure right) will be configured to dive to depths of 3000 m and for this mission will be equipped with 2 arms and associated tools for sampling (scoops, nets, etc....), core tubes, sample boxes for biology and geology, multibeam, two HD cameras, digital still camera, etc...

In addition, for those interested, please follow the links provided for more information on the CCGS Hudson's current position and weather in the area (Environment Canada Marine Forecast & NOAA's National Weather Service Marine Forecast).
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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Cruise Track

After testing the ROPOS multibeam system in Halifax harbour (1) Hudson departs July 7th or 8th, steaming towards the Gully MPA (2) for tests and current meter deployment. Hudson then travels nearly 2.5 days to Flemish Cap (3) for 4 days of benthic surveys, then to Orphan Knoll (4) for 6 days of surveys and then Tobin's Point (5) for 1.5 days of surveys before returning to the Gully to retrieve the current meters. Upon completion in the Gully, we'll steam back to BIO, arriving on July 28th. The total trip is ~2100 nm.