As part of Hakai Institute’s ocean acidification program, I was offered a unique training opportunity with the Oregon State University Hales lab aboard the R/V Sikuliaq on the 2017 Dynamic Arctic cruise. One of the major portions of the cruise work will involve the deployment of a towed platform known as the SuperSucker that will pump seawater from depth onto the vessel where a nutrient analysis system and two Burke-O-Lator pCO2/TCO2 analyzers will run in-line on the seawater stream. This is a novel method to deploy these systems, making it an invaluable experience to learn first-hand from the Hales lab. This work will require careful deployment of the platform from the vessel as well as diligent supervision of the on-board analyzer systems while underway.
With this being my first large oceanographic research cruise, I am beyond excited and expect to learn a great deal in my time on board. Getting exposure to cutting-edge oceanographic field methods, as well as complementary research being conducted by other groups on board is an exceptional opportunity. The ship’s state of the art technology and crew’s expert knowledge will make it a great environment to learn in.
By Katie Pocock, an Ocean Acidification Research Technician from the Hakai Institute (@Katie_Pocock_)