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Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands
At the dock
We are fourteen students from institutions around the world coming together to sail across the tropical North Atlantic Ocean. Our six-week shore component studies have just concluded, with classes in Nautical Science, Oceanography and Marine Policy. Within the next few days we will start our highly anticipated voyage, with the opportunity to put our practical nautical science skills to use and complete our scientific projects. Starting in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria on November 12th, we embark on a research voyage that will take us across the entire Atlantic Ocean; during the first portion of our cruise we’ll spend roughly four weeks on the open sea working as ship’s crew members and sampling the ocean multiple times per day. We intend to make landfall at the island of Dominica on December 13th, spending a few days there before the final leg of our journey to St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, from which point we will part ways for our next adventures.
The scientific focus of our voyage is examining the real-world effects of climate change. As greenhouse gas emissions continue to accumulate, they not just warm Earth’s atmosphere and oceans, but also affect almost every one of our planet’s deeply interconnected environmental systems. Warming sea surface temperatures are fundamentally altering the way different layers of the ocean interact, while greater amounts of carbon dissolving into these same waters changes their acidity and basic chemistry. Working in groups, we have designed collaborative research projects that delve further into these effects. Alongside our oceanography research, we have also been investigating the human impacts of climate change by creating a Program for Climate Resilience for the island of Dominica.
Together, we will develop a holistic view of oceanographic processes and climate-driven changes in the topical North Atlantic; individually, we investigate the following topics: Kelsee, John and Danny are examining how the temperature and salinity characteristics of subsurface water masses are changing. Martina and Anna are looking at the state of the tropical ocean with respect to meteorological conditions and temperature to better understand this region’s link to changing atmospheric phenomena both on small and large scales. Stefani, Bethany and Robin are studying the relationship between wind speed and surface ocean chemistry. James and Kayla are exploring the effects of ocean acidification on phytoplankton, tiny but critical organisms that form the foundation of the marine food web. Hannah and Gabrielle are researching the response of phytoplankton to ecosystem changes occurring due to surface ocean warming. Finally, Rob and Anthony are examining the ecological impacts of changing ocean conditions on gelatinous zooplankton populations.
We have been anticipating going to sea for the past six (very intense) weeks and cannot wait to join the ship, a completely new world for most of us. Beyond carrying out our research plans and applying the navigation techniques we’ve learned, we are excited to make the most of this amazing experience!
Rob, Bethany, Anthony, James, John, Stefani, Robin, Danny, Gabrielle, Hannah, Martina, Anna, Kayla and Kelsee