BGR INDEX2023 Expedition

BGR INDEX2023 Expedition

R/V Sonne September 29 – November 20, 2023

From September 29 – November 20, 2023, 6 CSSF team members supported the INDEX2023 ship expedition of the Germany’s Bundesanstalt für Geowissenschaften und Rohstoffe (BGR; Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources) in the Central Indian Ocean. The focus of this mission to conduct geological and environmental investigations in an area licensed under the regulation of the International Seabed Authority (ISA) for the exploration of polymetallic massive sulfides as part of the ongoing INDEX project. Participants included scientists and professionals from the University of Hamburg, Hafen City University Hamburg, Laurentian University, Christian-Albrechts University (CAU) Kiel, the Scottish Association for Marine Science, Integrated Environmental Solutions (INES) and the BGR.

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NSF VISIONS ‘22 Expedition

NSF VISIONS ‘22 Expedition

R/V Thomas G. Thompson August 9 – September 15, 2022

From August 9 – September 15, 2022, 8 CSSF team members performed maintenance and installation on the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Ocean Observatories Initiative’s (OOI) Regional Cabled Array (RCA) for the University of Washington (UW) aboard the UW’s R/V Thomas G. Thompson as part of the VISIONS ’22 expedition. The science team was largely from the University of Washington’s School of Oceanography, with one member from Gray’s Harbour College, and the engineering team was largely from the UW’s Applied Physics Laboratory, with one member from Oregon State University. Guest participants were from the UW, the University of St. Andrews, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Carleton College and the University of Bremen.

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NSF-OOI RCA and ROPOS Long-Term International Collaboration

NSF-OOI RCA and ROPOS

Long-Term International Collaboration

December 8, 2022

The National Science Foundation Ocean Observatories Initiative’s Regional Cabled Array (NSF-OOI RCA) is an underwater cabled observatory that extends 480 km off the coast of Newport, Oregon, USA and is run by the University of Washington’s (UW) School of Oceanography and Applied Physics Laboratory. The Regional Cabled Array streams real-time data to scientists on the geological, oceanographic and biological processes spanning the Juan de Fuca tectonic plate, including those contributing to the productive coastal systems and underwater volcanism off the coast of Oregon. Servicing of the array is achieved through NSF’s VISIONS expeditions, which provide a venue for UW student experiential learning and scientific outreach initiatives.

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