Já estamos no James Clark Ross!!!! O navio, com cerca de 100 metros de comprimento, é uma das pérolas da ciência Polar, possibilitando usar uma grande variedade de técnicas para recolher dados e amostras valiosas para compreendermos como funciona o Oceano Antártico.
We are already on the Royal Research Ship James Clark Ross!!! This ship, with approx. 100 meters length, is one of the pearls of Polar science, allowing the use of a variety of techniques to collect data and samples valuable to understand the Southern Ocean.
Here, as soon as arrived we got together with our research colleagues the new crew from the United Kingdom, United States of America and Norway (with some coming originally from South Africa and Lithuania). It was good to see them again after our expedition meeting in July 2015, in Cambridge. We got an excellent health and safety meeting, in which security procedures were clearly explained so that everything we do onboard is carried out safely (from different of whistles to express, for example, emergency, fire or go to the safety boat immediately, to what to wear on the ships deck). We also had the first scientific meeting, to get a review of the objectives of the expedition, coordinated by the Principal Investigator Jon Watkins. The work between the crew and the scientists has been fantastic. In these days of preparation, we prepared/mounted/tested the various equipments to be used during the expedition, form gliders, to acoustic equipment, to research nets.
Internet access? We have 4 computers available with internet and direct access to our email accounts on our own computer. We plan to do skype calls to Portugal, Mozambique and Uruguay but we are confirming with our informatics officer Jeremy Robst if it will be possible. Departure will be very soon. Keep yourself posted!!!