|Pat and Austin happy to be on Dongsha!|
Our first two days on Dongsha Atoll have gone remarkably well. Our first objective was to deploy a series of instruments across the reef to characterize water chemistry and the physics of water flowing over the reef (more on this later). We would have been pleased to accomplish this in the first week, but by the end of our first day all the instruments were in the water.
|Some of our instruments ready to go in the ocean|
So far Tom, Pat, and Austin are on Dongsha. Kristen, Katie, and Aryan arrive on Thursday. We are accomplishing a lot now, but we will need everyone once we begin deploying our larger instruments: the DTS and our remote access sampler (RAS) - an automatic sampler that collects seawater samples for 4 days.
|Instruments deployed on the reef measuring temperature|
and salinity (left), pressure (right), and we are deploying an
instrument to measure pH (upper right).
- Tom DeCarlo
Joint Program in Oceanography
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
|Our scaffolding tower rising out of the water. Our research|
vessel Atoll-2 is in the background.