7 November 2018. In this Vlog 2 update live from Tangaroa, NIWA Blake Ambassador Siobhan O’Connor shares a typical shift, starting at 2.30am, collecting water samples from different ocean depths which are carefully analysed in the lab.
27 October 2018. A 12 hour time lapse from the cutaway deck on the RV Tangaroa.
To make sure that we are using our time on the ship as efficiently as possible, we have two shifts of scientists and crew working around the clock, either midnight-midday or midday-midnight. This often means that there are some members of the team who you barely cross paths with!
We are currently sampling a water mass where salps are present, which means that we are using a variety of nets to sample at different depths, and for different sized organisms. We are also collecting other environmental parameters with a CTD, which measures the salinity, temperature and depth of the water, and also allows us to collect small pockets of water from a range of depths.
Students at Leigh School have been working with marine scientists and the 'Year of the Salps' project partners to learn how to count sea salps, understand salp life cycle phases and the importance of salps in marine ecosystems and their carbon-cycling effects on climate change.
The RV Tangaroa heads out to the Chatham Rise and the east coast of the South Island on 23 October 2018. The TAN1810 voyage will focus on the special role salps play in carbon cycling, and where they fit in marine food webs off the New Zealand coast.
Think about a futuristic world where at night time, people use different kind of self-propelled vehicles to hover across cities, illuminating the skies with different colours and shapes, while transiting around them.
Pollen from New Zealand pine forests has been shown to travel more than 1500km through wind and ocean currents, and sink thousands of metres into the ocean to reach some of the world’s deepest ecosystems.
This year is the 2400th anniversary of the birth of Aristotle, a philosopher and scientist (384 BCE), who among other many great achievements was the first person to describe the structure, ecology, and diversity of sea urchins – way back in the 4th century BC.
Despite many centuries of maritime exploration, only a fraction of our planet's seafloor has been observed. NIWA Deepsea Scientist Di Tracey tells us what it feels like to probe deep beneath the waves to see what's living on the ocean floor.