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Endurance 17:
Bi-Annual Recovery
and Deploy Mission

September Expedition to Coastal Endurance Array

Equipment becomes fouled as marine life makes it home. Batteries run out. Wind and waves take their toll. That’s why every six months, teams head to OOI arrays to recover and redeploy ocean observing equipment to keep them collecting and sharing data. Here, we will be sharing news about what’s happening aboard the R/V Thomas G. Thompson as a team of scientists and engineers recovers and deploys equipment at the Coastal Endurance Array for the 17th time. Check back regularly for updates.

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Why It Matters


By Darlene Trew Crist As we steam towards the Oregon coast, I thought it might be helpful to share my perspective of all of the…

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It’s a Wrap


This morning the Endurance Team recovered the anchor for the Washington Offshore Profiler Mooring from 533 meters below the surface. It was the last piece…

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More Unexpected Visitors


This morning as work on the back deck was winding up with the last anchor secured, the Endurance 17 team was greeted by a huge…

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A Three Operation Day


Half of the Endurance 17 team was on deck at 6 am to begin operations early for there was a lot to accomplish.  Before breakfast,…

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Life at Sea


The best way to describe life at sea is it functions as a routine.  Wake up. Eat breakfast.  Deploy or recover ocean observing equipment. Break…

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Snazzy Snap Hooks


One of the challenges of recovering ocean observing equipment is to snag large, heavy equipment in moving water and guide it to the rear of…

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An Insider’s View


Trenity Ford, a PhD candidate at Oklahoma State, is onboard the Thompson to collect and redeploy a foraminifera substrate experiment. Foraminifera are single-celled protists that…

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Challenging Recovery


Sometimes the ocean takes over and recoveries of ocean observing equipment don’t go quite as planned. That’s what happened today when the Endurance 17 Team…

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Recycling Beer Bottles


As it turns out, breweries and scientists have something in common.  They both like to recycle beer bottles. As part of daily operations, the Endurance…

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Emptying the Deck


Today, Friday September 23, was another day of deployment on the Endurance’s Washington Line.  The Endurance Team reported on deck at 645 to begin preparing…

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Bioluminescence


Some of my colleagues and I had a very special treat last night. We witnessed an amazing swath of bioluminescence off the stern of the…

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Two moorings, two gliders, topped with a CTD


As my mother-in-law would say, today on the R/V Thomas G. Thompson was chock-a-block full.  We arrived at the Washington Shelf Site around 11 am…

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Unlikely solution


The Coastal Endurance Team applied Desitin ointment, typically used to avoid diaper rashes and other skin ailments, to Glider 917.  The ointment is a zinc…

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And, We’re Off!


The R/V Thomas G. Thompson left the Newport pier at noon Pacific time today for the 17th recovery and deployment mission of the Coastal Endurance…

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Live from the Thompson


Chief Scientist Jonathan Fram appeared live from onboard the R/V Thomas G. Thompson to explain OOI and the Endurance 17 operations.  To watch, click here.

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