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Keeps Getting Better

September 07, 2014

Keeps Getting Better

After nearly nine months of work in Hawaii, Falkor is currently resting dry on blocks in a California shipyard. The ship is in the middle of an ambitious multi-week program that will enable a range of technological upgrades and improvements.

Critical opportunities for advanced shipboard oceanography in 2017 planning workshop

September 05, 2014

Critical opportunities for advanced shipboard oceanography in 2017 planning workshop

On August 19th and 20th, 2014 a group of international experts in ocean sciences, technologies, and marine operations gathered to discuss critical opportunities for technologically advanced shipboard oceanography.

11,000 Meters Under the Sea – Meet Schmidt Ocean Institute’s New Landers: Part One

September 01, 2014

11,000 Meters Under the Sea – Meet Schmidt Ocean Institute’s New Landers: Part One

Get a first look at the newly built landers for use on R/V Falkor.

Loihi Seamount - Ironed Out

July 08, 2014

Loihi Seamount - Ironed Out

Like all good things, the Loihi Seamount excursion has come to an end. Close to two weeks onboard the R/V Falkor, and our science crew is leaving with enough data to keep them busy for the next six months. All in all, we had seven AUV Se

The Heart of Falkor

July 07, 2014

The Heart of Falkor

Most of the time when you tour a ship you see the main areas where the science gets done, the aft deck, wet lab, control room, but have you ever thought about what powers all these amazing technologies?

The best of both worlds

July 06, 2014

The best of both worlds

Another day (or night), another hydrocast. As I watch the wire disappear into the ocean, I recall K.O. Emery’s preface to his classic 1960 book The Sea Off Southern California,"An oceanographer's view of the ocean". Emery

The many gifts of AUV Sentry

July 05, 2014

The many gifts of AUV Sentry

By this point you should be intimately familiar with the star of our cruise, AUV Sentry. Sentry is primarily a survey tool, and like most Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUV’s), Sentry’s main mission is to collect data about the ocean bottom.

The Irons of Loihi: 2+ or 3+ Redox

July 04, 2014

The Irons of Loihi: 2+ or 3+ Redox

Metals are present in our ocean, this is nothing new to us. Most metals exist in trace amounts, which means that we have one metal particle for every 100 Million water particles, and a great effort goes into measuring them.

Loihi’s hydrothermal plume: More than just Iron

July 03, 2014

Loihi’s hydrothermal plume: More than just Iron

Although iron is the focus of our Loihi Expedition, a number of other measurements are being collected during our cruise as we hunt for Loihi’s hydrothermal plume. You might be asking yourself “If the focus of the cruise is to collect iro

Announcements

Loihi Seamount Expedition A Success

The expedition to the Loihi Seamount is now completed. To learn about the team's research, please visit the Iron Eaters of Loihi Seamount intro page. ...

Third Student Cruise Completed

To learn more about this unique series of expeditions, please visit the project page. For details about the research conducted and links to the Cruise Log and Expedition Map, please visit the cruise page. ...

Annual Reports

Our annual report provides a narrative of our research cruises aboard R/V Falkor. ...

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