Aaaaand, we’re back!

Docked in San Francisco (Photo: Kelly J. Owen)

The Oceanus tied up at Pier 30–32 in San Francisco at 7:20 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 23, and we are still getting our land legs back. The time at sea has ended, but the work to compile and analyze the data collected is just beginning.

The researchers will look for clues about the seasonality of plankton populations in waters off the coast of California. And the engineers will continue to update the functionality and design of the robotic floats as ocean monitors of the biological carbon pump.

Chart showing the path of the Oceanus during the research cruise for the NSF-funded project to test robotic floats that monitor the ocean’s biological carbon pump. (Image: Google Earth)

While the scientists and engineers process the data, I am working on gathering the images and video to share with you on this site now that I have better access to wi-fi and greater bandwidth. Please check back soon!


Originally published at Setting Sail to Study Ocean Carbon. This research was funded by the National Science Foundation.