CTDs Underway on the R/V Neil Armstrong

Station map for 1st cross-section in January 2018 PEACH cruise.

After the successful recovery and refurbishment of several bottom profilers, moorings, and surface buoys, the first transect of the PEACH (Processes Driving Exchange at Cape Hatteras; NSF Award: 1559476) cruise was undertaken this evening and into the early morning hours.  The transect spaced 7 stations along 60km of ocean from a few kilometers off of the NC Outer Banks to the continental shelf break.  To collect sub-surface data, scientists utilized shipboard CTD, the…

PEACH Cruise Underway

Dr. Joe Zambon and over a dozen scientists and PIs making up the PEACH (Processes Driving Exchange at Cape Hatteras; NSF Award #1559476) project departed the frozen waters of Woods Hole, MA on Monday morning (8-January) for Cape Hatteras onboard the R/V Neil Armstrong.  The first day of travel was difficult with high seas and crashing waves.  The anticipated transit time is 36 hours from Woods Hole, MA to…

Second PEACH Cruise Soon to be Underway

On Saturday, Dr. Joe Zambon arrived in New England to board the R/V Neil Armstrong for a journey down to offshore Cape Hatteras, NC.  The study is part of the PEACH, Processes Driving Exchange at Cape Hatteras, grant sponsored by NSF (Award: 1559476).  The next day will be spent mobilizing and retrofitting equipment onto the vessel for meteorological rawindsonde balloon deployments, a first…

Cruise Planning for the Final Push

Onboard the R/V Neil Armstrong, OOMG’s Joe Zambon and NCSU Marine Science undergrad Lauren Ball have been assisting with the NSF-funded Processes investigating Exchange Around Cape Hatteras (NSF-PEACH) project. A crucial component of the ongoing cruise is to utilize real-time in situ, satellite, and model data to assist Chief Scientist Magdalena Andres position the ship for crucial measurements while at sea. Joe…

Educational Outreach at Sea

Valerie Winzenried, a retired gifted-education teacher and an education consultant for Eastman, boarded the R/V Neil Armstrong last week. During her time at sea, she has been participating in hands-on research and data analysis along with onboard scientists. In addition, she has been interviewing researchers in order to construct lesson plans in geosciences to educate the next generation of oceanographers. She sat…

NSF-PEACH Cruise Halfway Completed

Last Saturday (22-April) marked the halfway point of the NSF-PEACH R/V Neil Armstrong cruise with OOMG’s Joe Zambon and NCSU Marine Science undergrad Lauren Ball. While underway at sea, both researchers have participated in research exploring the waters along the continental shelf from Cape Cod, MA to Cape Hatteras, NC. So far, the team has taken advantage of the prevailing calm seas…

Filling the Gaps with Models

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Throughout the NSF-PEACH research cruise, OOMG’s Joe Zambon has been providing data to PIs and Chief Scientist Magdalena Andres for cruise planning. Several study sites were pre-determined months in advance, but this data has been instrumental in determining supplementary surveys of the Gulf Stream. In addition, short-duration features such as eddies have been sampled by determining their location while at sea. One…

Cape Hatteras Research Cruise Continues

The cruise progresses, and the scientists have used calm weather days to work on instruments on moored buoys. Some deployed instruments are already returning data, showing the velocity of the Gulf Stream. Read details of the instruments being used at the UNC Coastal Studies Institute’s site here. Read the research project overview here.

Undergrad Perspectives on a Research Cruise: Part 2

By Lauren Ball, a senior in the Dept. of Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences at NC State University. Lauren is part of the science crew on the R/V Neil Armstrong, collecting data off of Cape Hatteras, NC. One thing I was not expecting about this research cruise was the lack of a personal schedule.  I am on watch from midnight to noon,…

Undergrad Perspectives on a Research Cruise: Part 1

By Lauren Ball, a senior in the Dept. of Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences at NC State University. As a graduating senior in Biological Oceanography, I am very fortunate to have the opportunity to participate in the PEACH Cruise on the R/V Neil Armstrong.  I ended up only having one class this semester, Observational Methods and Data Analysis in Marine Physics, and…