Recovering a mooring recording the sounds of the Arctic
We are in the middle of the first phase of the cruise which consists of recovering and deploying moorings in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas. Most of these moorings have been on the bottom of the ocean collecting data since being deployed on last year’s cruises. It is amazing to think about the time series of data that these instruments are collecting. There are a variety of moorings being deployed and recovered, collecting all kinds of data, from physical oceanography data, to chlorophyll measurements to acoustic data listening for passing mammals. So much can be learned from these instruments because they are in situ for so long monitoring the changes throughout the year.
Mooring operations must be completed in daylight so we have been doing CTD casts all night and the mooring ops and any necessary transiting during the day. Ship time is valuable so all minutes and hours of the day must be used efficiently. We have a few more days of mooring ops to complete before moving on to the second phase of the cruise which will consist of 24 hour a day CTD casts and water sampling!