This is a listing of blogs that are maintained by, or are of interest to, the greater GSO community.
Oceanbites was started at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography. Most of the current contributors are students at GSO or GSO alumni, though they encourage participation from students and post docs at other institutions as well. Oceanbites highlights classics, seminal research papers, and features op eds about what it’s like to be a grad student in oceanography and current issues in research.
National Geographic: Explorers Journal
PIPERS: Polynyas, ice production, and seasonal evolution in the Ross Sea
(4 April 2017 – 14 June 2017)
The PIPERS expedition will depart from Lyttleton, NZ on April 10, 2017 for a 65 day field campaign to polynyas in the Ross Sea and Terra Nova Bay. The PIPERS science team includes Brice Loose and Samuel Gartzman who will researching the ice that is produced during katabatic wind events. This extreme wind and intense ice formation produce the densest seawater in the world. It sinks on the Antarctic continental shelf and flows as a gravity current into all the oceans. Follow the PIPERS cruise blog.
(23 January 2017 – 5 March 2017)
Chief Scientist Rebecca Robinson, URI oceanography associate professor, along with members of her lab and a team of collaborators, head to the Southern Ocean for a research cruise aboard the R/V Nathaniel B. Palmer. Their research seeks to understand how the oceans and ocean biology interact with climate by looking at biologically important elements. Their primary scientific goal is to improve reconstructions of the surface nitrogen (N) and silicon (Si) nutrient contents, based on N and Si isotope proxies. SNOWBIRDS blog.
Sea to Space Particle Investigation
(24 January 2017 – 20 February 2017)
Dr. Melissa Omand, URI oceanography assistant professor, and her graduate student Noah Walcutt are members of the science team aboard the R/V Falkor in the Pacific Ocean. The “Sea to Space Particle Investigation” cruise aims to improve the accuracy of particle size distribution products gathered from satellite and remote-sensing data records.These records contain critical information that can improve our understanding of how Earth’s living marine resources and carbon sequestration are responding to rising carbon dioxide levels as well as climate changes. Sea to Space Particle Investigation
(19 December 2016 – 23 January 2017)
Researchers from Rynearson Lab will study how plankton adapt to new environments, particularly those driven by climate change. They will measure the genetic diversity of diatoms (a planktonic algae with key roles in marine food webs and biogeochemical cycles) and examine how diatoms respond to changes in water temperature and ocean acidification. ADAPT Blog.
DCO T-limit Blog
(12 September 2016 – 22 November 2016)
Justine Sauvage, a graduate student at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography, is part of the science party seeking the temperature limit of life on IODP Expedition 370. She and other scientists will be blogging over the course of the research mission. DCO T-Limit Blog.
RI Educators Cruise
(27 May 2016 – 29 May 2016)
R/V Endeavor will depart Senesco Repair Yard in North Kingstown with Principal Investigator David Smith and Chief Scientist Chris Roman. In addition to testing Chris’ Wire Flyer, the cruise offers Rhode Island educators a chance to go to sea on an oceanographic cruise.