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Rough Waters

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Hello World Wide Web,

What are the student volunteers' typical responsibilities?

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Hello World Wide Web!


The following blog summarizes our responsbilties as student volunteers onboard Oceanus.


Log deployments and recoveries

First Days Onboard Oceanus

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Hello World Wide Web!

I'm Magali, one of the five volunteers onboard the Oceanus, a 177 ft (54 m) research vessel owned by the National Science Foundation and operated by Oregon State University (OSU). 

Figure 1: The Oceanus research vessel docked at Newport, Oregon.

Life at sea aboard Oceanus for the Cascadia Initiative-- pre-cruise

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Dean Livelybrooks (aka 'Dr. D.') reporting on 1-September, 2014.

Near the end of the cruise

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Dean here, reporting in English,

We're sailing obliquely across the swells, bearing northeast towards the 'hydrate ridge' off of Oregon's coast.  These past 3-4 days have been tough, an unusual weather pattern settled in with a low stuck over California and a high over the Pacific Northwest.  As a consquence, winds built out of the northwest to gale force, approaching 50 knots (that's more than 50 miles per hour) and whipping the seas into a froth of confused waves riding growing swells.  

OPB news

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Hey there, hi there, ho there.  Haley here just starting out my shift and thought i would let you all know that we were featured on THE OPB (Oregon Public Broadcasting) this morning!  If you would like to take a look see, just follow this link =>


hope you all enjoy it and have a fantastic night!


Short Musings of an Experience at Sea

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Hey everyone, this is Jonás Cervantes

It's day 5 of the R/V Atlantis cruise. Honestly, it feels like we've been out at sea for a little over a week, but at the same time it feels like we've barely left Astoria (Oregon).

The days just seem to slide into each other, not bothering telling you their names, nor their hours. All there is the work, the research and the seismometer recoveries. Each melding into the other, like some sort of sweet smelling, salty tasting stew.

On to the next OBS!

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Hi everyone, this is Haley!  We just picked up J17B (another TRM Ocean Bottom Seismometer) using the Jason ROV and Medea's assistance and we are on our way to the next one, M10B.  The water is extremely calm and smooth out here today and the weather couldn't be better, lots of sun and not too much wind.  The trip is going by so fast, there is constantly something to do on the boat between filming, watching bathymety surveys, helping on deck, and trying to fit in sleep somewhere!

Day 4 - Friday the 28th

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Hello everyone. It's Katie blogging in English.

Under the sea....

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Day 3 on the Pacific, cruising on the research vessel (R/V) Atlantis.  We've all had a long day.  First recovery this morning the mechanism for releasing a float tied to the ocean-bottom seismometer failed.  ROV Jason to the rescue however.  A bit of a 'thunk' with one of Jason's remote-controlled arms and the OBS released it's 'pop-up' buoy.  Reminded me of how my dad used to 'fix' our old-style TV when it malfunctioned, a whap to the side applied just so.

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