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2005 Diana L. Griffiths

Teacher-at-Sea

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Diana Griffiths

Recovery of WHOTS 2 buoy aboard R/V Revelle.


Diana Griffiths , a classroom teacher in Pennsylvania participated on the two week Hawaii
Ocean Time Series cruise, HOTS with the WHOI Upper Ocean Processes group, lead by Weller along with scientists from other institutions. In day three of her personal log Ms. Griffiths
wrote:

NOAA Teacher at Sea: Diana L. Griffiths
UNOLS Ship ROGER REVELLE
Mission: Recovery of WHOTS-2 mooring
and deployment of WHOTS-3 mooring
Day 3: Friday, June 24, 2006
Time: 1800
Weather Data from Bridge
Visibility: 10 miles to less than 25 miles
Wind direction: 065°
Wind speed: 06 knots
Sea wave height: small
Swell wave height: 4-6 feet
Sea level pressure: 1014.5 millibars
Cloud cover: 3, type: stratocumulus and cumulus

Personal Log
The theme that keeps going through my mind during this trip and today especially, is how much of a cooperative effort this research requires. It begins with the coordination between Dr. Weller and Dr. Lukas to simultaneously collect atmospheric data using the buoy and subsurface data with the mooring instruments. In addition, Dr. Frank Bradley, an Honorary Fellow at the CSIRO Land and Water in Australia, is on the cruise working to create a manual set of data points for relative humidity using an Assman psychrometer to further check the relative humidity data produced on the buoy. Within the science teams, coordination has to occur at all stages, from the collection of data to its analysis. This was very evident in physical form today with numerous people on deck throughout the day working to retrieve the mooring, fix machinery as it broke down (the winch stopped twice), and clean the instruments. In the labs, others were working to upload data and configure computer programs to coordinate all of the data. In addition to all of this is the quiet presence of the ship’s crew who are going about their duties to be sure that the ship is running smoothly.

Last updated: March 4, 2010
 


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