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AT50-10 ‘CliOMZ’ Underway!

NIRVANA Lab members Peter Crockford, Ichiko Sugiyama, and Tristan Horner are in Golfito, Costa Rica, for the start of AT50-10 ‘CliOMZ,’ which sets sail on WHOI’s very own R/V Atlantis today. We will be studying connections between macro- (nitrate, phosphate) and micronutrients, such as iron, copper, iodine, and barium, in the low-oxygen waters of the Eastern Tropical Pacific. Mak Saito is Chief Scientist, and we will be joined by a further 20 researchers from institutions across the USA and from Europe.

A group of us arrived in Golfito on April 28th via a small aircraft; some photos from the first few days appear below.

Cruise particpants waiting to take-off from San Jose

From left-right: Matt McIlvin, Tristan Horner, Erin McParland, and Laura Motta waiting to take off from San Jose

We were treated to some beautiful Costa Rican scenery on the flight from San Jose.

An aerial photograph of the Terraba Sierpe National Wetlands (Costa Rica)

Flying over the Terraba Sierpe National Wetlands on our way to Golfito


Aerial shot of Punta Adela and Piedras Blancas National Park

Flying close to Punta Adela looking towards the Piedras Blancas National Park

On our way into land we even flew over the R/V Atlantis.

R/V Atlantis in Golfito

R/V Atlantis seen at the dock in Golfito, Costa Rica

Since arriving we’ve been loading the ship and building the ‘bubble’ (a makeshift clean lab).

R/V Atlantis in Golfito

Loading the R/V Atlantis in Golfito


The CliOMZ 'bubble'

Our clean lab for the next 37 days

All aboard!

R/V Atlantis Sailing Board

R/V Atlantis Sailing Board

And Awaaay We Go!

Dolphins swimming off the starboard rail of the R/V Atlantis

A pod of dolphins wishing us well while steaming out of Golfito Bay