As we enter autumn, it feels like COVID has warped our sense of time, sucking the bliss out of each successive season, and blending the usual fun into one long stretch of quarantine and carryout. Add heatwaves, fires, and an unusually active hurricane season, and most will agree this past summer may not have been our best. But there still were some distinct, memorable summer oceanographic highlights. (Not to mention Discovery Channel nobly went ahead with Shark Week.) In this quarter’s Deep Dive, we’ll feature the latest from Seatrec and other ocean news — including seismic discoveries.
During the summer, we managed to transcend the heat and lousy AQI and gained significant momentum. We entered new partnerships, made media waves, grew our product offerings, expanded our team, and even launched our cool new website. …
It seems like an entirely different universe and light-years ago when we were at the Ocean Sciences Meeting (OSM) in February. All we had to worry about then was connecting, brainstorming, and being inspired about the scientific research addressing environmental challenges and raising awareness of the global dimension of the ocean.
In the weeks since then, our vantage point has switched from being immersed in the oceans to being confined to a 4-wall reality. The oceanographic community, with the exception of some scientists in Antarctica, is profoundly affected by the pandemic. We hunker down to survive and our field research remains out of reach. Countless oceanic research missions have been suspended and existing missions like MOSAiC’s polar expedition crew are stranded due to airline travel restrictions. While some of us are getting by on Zoom, most of us, old and young salts alike, are going stir crazy as our ocean observation has been limited to the virtual. …