Mariners have a long-standing tradition of naming their vessels after the ladies. However, when it comes to research vessels this has not been the case…until now. For the first time, a research ship will be named after a woman. The Navy’s next ocean-class auxiliary general oceanographic research (AGOR) will be named after Sally Ride, the . . . → Read More: The only lady of the academic seas
When I’m chillin’ in my underwater low low, I want to attract attention. I can’t be doing that in some rusted out old tin can. Sequester and budget cuts be damned! Nope I going for the cheery red C-Explorer 5. Me and 4 of my posse (Alex, Holly, Kim and of course T-Pain, sorry Al . . . → Read More: Who do I pick to ride in my sub? Ice-Cube or T-Pain
David Aldridge is a phytoplankton-loving marine biology PhD student at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton, UK. Also the founder and editor of Words in mOcean, a website dedicated to publishing blog posts and features on marine science. We’ve asked David to guest post for us here at DSN. Enjoy! Disclaimer: not everything in the . . . → Read More: Underfunded academic, seeking tenure, attempts to steal research ship
FLIP is towed to its operating area in the horizontal position and through ballast changes is “flipped” to the vertical position to become a stable spar buoy with a draft of 300 feet. Photo from MPL. FLIP, the Floating Instrument Platform, is towed to an area in a horizontal position and through changing the ballast . . . → Read More: Flip Ship Photoshop Battle
Some people might think I am crazy for waking up at 4:45 AM on a Sunday morning to tour a plane, but you would too if you got a chance to tour NASA’s supercool P-3B’s Airborne Laboratory. And I mean that literally with the bad pun intended. As part of Operation IceBridge, this plane is . . . → Read More: Observing the Cryosphere from the Troposphere: NASA’s P-3B Airborne Laboratory
Be worried – us marine scientists are officially taking over the internet. I’m super excited to announce the launch of Deep Sea News on Pinterest. We’re still working out the kinks…and trust us, these new things can get pretty kinky (#TWSS). Bear with us as we build up our visual smorgasbord, and be sure to . . . → Read More: Announcing the DSN Pinterest empire!
When he made his historic solo dive into the Mariana Trench last month, James Cameron brought back images and descriptions of a “lunar like” marine landscape nearly devoid of life.-via National Geographic Returning from humankind’s first solo dive to the deepest spot in the ocean, filmmaker James Cameron said he saw no obvious signs of . . . → Read More: Is Marianas Trench A Lifeless Void?
I’m just going to come out and say it, any project that touts itself as the “World’s first realistic Ocean Clean-up Concept” is just asking to be torn apart. “The Ocean Cleanup” is the brainchild of a 19-year old Boyan Slat. He proposes using the oceans themselves to clean up plastic. By setting up a . . . → Read More: The Ocean Cleanup. The newest of the new plans to remove marine plastic.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY AQUARIUS! You’ve been measuring sea surface salinity from space for over a year now. It must feel good to be a grown up satellite giving oceanographers a whole new view of the ocean. Keep on tracking that fresh Amazon Plume, the salty subtropical seas and seasonal freshening in northern latitudes due to melting . . . → Read More: How salty is your ocean? How loose is your plume?
We here at DSN are big fan of Michelle Weirathmueller. She’s a Ph.D. at University of Washington, Department of Oceanography. You can catch her on Twitter at @michellejw At her website ( http://www.michw.com) she has been doing a great set of posts on blending science, interviews, and comics. We couldn’t allow that awesomeness to occur . . . → Read More: Save the whales? There’s an app for that!