This is the cruise blog for the SMILE experiment, March 3 - April 4, 2017 on the R/V Sikuliaq. Postings will describe our scientific goals, life at sea, and the process of real-time field work as our plan evolves in response to storms, eddies, and technical challenges.
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Saturday, March 4, 2017
All set up and Ready To Go
After loading all of our equipment, unpacking boxes, and setting up our instruments, we're ready to sail on Friday morning. The core instrumentation (EM-APEX profiling floats and SWIMS towed profiling package) is staged in place for easy access to the sea. This kind of thing is much easier to do when in port and the ship has not started rolling around.
EM-APEX floats in racks in the "Baltic Room." (Photo credit: James Girton)
SWIMS in place under the stern A-frame. (Photo credit: James Girton)