We are a team of oceanographic researchers studying the biological carbon pump in the region of the North Atlantic Ocean between Iceland and Greenland, known as the Irminger Sea. In June 2018, our team made our first voyage to the Irminger Sea, spending three weeks at sea onboard the R/V Neil Armstrong alongside scientists and engineers working on multiple different research projects to understand the physics and biogeochemistry of the North Atlantic, as well as the ship's professional crew.

We are heading to sea again in August 2019, now with a number of new members of the team who will be visiting the Irminger Sea for the first time. This blog chronicles our team's experience conducting science at sea: Hilary Palevsky is the PI on the project leading our work at sea, and this year's blogging effort is led by Claire Hayhow and Thanda Newkirk, undergraduate students at Wellesley College, and Shawnee Traylor, a PhD student in the MIT-WHOI Joint Program.

You can also read about the June 2018 cruise experience from posts written by last year's undergraduate student team, Lucy Wanzer and Emma Jackman.

We hope you will follow along, and are excited to bring you with us virtually on our voyage! Please feel free to write to us with comments and questions about the experience of doing science at sea, the research we are conducting, or anything else that sparks your curiosity!

The R/V Neil Armstrong alongside an Ocean Observatories Initiative mooring at the Irminger Sea global array site, from the summer of 2017. Photo © Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Hilary, Lucy and Emma,
    I would like to hear about the Irminger Sea: geographically, where are you? what makes it special? who lives there? Is it anywhere near the Sargasso Sea?
    Littleton, Mass.