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Station Papa 9:
Annual Recovery
and Deployment Mission

Recoveries and Deployments for Station Papa, NOAA, and UW


A team of ten scientists and engineers is aboard the R/V Sikuliaq for a 19-day expedition (May 11 - 30, 2022) to deploy six moorings – three for OOI, two for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and one for the University of Washington. Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution's Kris Newhall is serving as Chief Scientist. The Station Papa Array is located in the Gulf of Alaska, about 620 nautical miles offshore. Transit time to the site will take about 2.5 days. Once on site, the team will first deploy the moorings onboard, then recover those that have been in the water for a year. The ship will depart from Seward, Alaska and return to port in Seattle, Washington. Check back here for regular updates.


The Global Station Papa Array is located in the Gulf of Alaska. Station Papa Array consists of a triangular set of moorings (white circles), with the sides of the triangle having a length roughly 10 times the water depth to capture mesoscale variability in each region.


The 261-foot R/V Sikuliaq is one of the most advanced university research vessels in the world, capable of breaking ice up to 2.5 feet thick.


Regular posts about life aboard the ship, work accomplished, and encounters with marine life.


Images and videos of the expedition.


Meet the Station Papa 9 Team.