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Atlantis during CTD cast

Red White Red, Restricted Ability Ahead

Under a full moon in May 2012, R/V Atlantis stopped in the North Atlantic to lower a rosette samper with a CTD sensor into the ocean as part of the U.S. CLIVAR program. CLIVAR (Climate Variability and Predictability) is an international research effort within the World Climate Research Programme  that focuses on understanding and predicting slowly varying components of Earth's climate system. The instruments collect water samples and data that help scientists understand such phenomena as ocean currents and overturning circulation. While the instrument is in the water, the ship must remain stationary and display the international indication for restricted ability to move. (Photo by Donglai Gong, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)


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