The fantail of the research vessel Oceanus
is crowded with gear as scientists and technicians prepare to cruise
from Woods Hole to the Gulf Stream and back in November 2005. The
cruise was the first of six made for the CLIVARr Mode Water Dynamics
Experiment (CLIMODE), which studies the exchange of heat and moisture
between the North Atlantic and the atmosphere, the circulation of the ocean, and the formation of
parcels of colder water that sink into the middle depths. The final cruise of the experiment will depart in November 2007.
(Photo by Jayne Doucette, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)