During the four days of transit, we got to know our colleagues (from about 13 organisations! ) better and also familiarized ourselves with the vessel, the instruments and sampling protocols. Surveying the deep sea at 4000m is totally different from what we have done in Singapore waters, which is deepest at 200m.
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Here is a photographic tour of our first few days exploring the ship, equipment, and personnel:Photographs and writting by: Chee Kong
|The Science Team!|
|Donning our immersion suits. An entertaining part of|
|The autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) REMUS will be|
used to map the seafloor and obtain images of megafauna.
|The AUV launcher|
|The box core will be used to collect a relatively large block of|
the seafloor, which will be useful for sampling macrofauna.
|The multiple corer (megacorer) will be used to sample intact|
tubes of sediment including the meiofauna and microbes
that live within it.
|The Brenke epibenthic sled will be used to collect meiofauna|
and small crustaceans such as amphipods.
|The CTD and niskin rosette will determine water column|
properties including salinity, temperature and depth in
addition to collecting water samples at various depths.
|The respirometer will be used to conduct in situ experiments|
to measure metabolic activity on the seafloor.
|The baited trap will be used to attract and capture|
scavengers such as fish and crustaceans.
|The science team holds daily meetings to introduce sampling|
instruments and protocols as well as share findings between shifts.