Derya on November 30th, 2010

Many of you who read my previous post probably wondered: “Who is Ted and why are all the prizes paid from his account?” Well, Ted is the Chief Scientist of the JR240 cruise, also known as the Principle Science Officer-PSO. This means that he has to be the most patient person onboard, dealing with weather, […]

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Derya on November 29th, 2010

Hanu challenged all the scientists to not shave during the entire length of the cruise when we left Stanley on November 7th. Consequently, 3 weeks into the trip, we have various shapes and lengths of beards. One day before we reach the Rothera Base, on December 2nd, there will be a scientists + crew “End […]

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Derya on November 29th, 2010

Susanne and I sat next to each other on the long flight from Brize Norton to Ascension Island and got a chance to learn about each other. Once the field work begun, she always lent me a hand setting up the massive laser scanner, and I helped her dig snow pits and drill through the […]

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Derya on November 27th, 2010

The penguins continue to visit us on the ice. They are very confident, they walk right up to you and try to understand what you are. We usually work on a square grid of 100 x 100 meters, and the go from one corner of that square to another, visiting everyone and then going back […]

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Derya on November 27th, 2010

7 lives in SeaBed, that is. A couple of days ago when we were on our 6th station, SeaBED disappeared again. We had information that it had completed its mission, both from the acoustic communications and from how much time had elapsed since its beginning, but around the time it was supposed to come back […]

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Derya on November 25th, 2010

All people stepping foot on JCR seek Johnnie the IT guy, because he is the one who makes sure you can receive and send email during the cruise (and we are all addicted to email). In the computer room on the JCR we have two desktop computers that have internet access, very highly in demand […]

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Derya on November 22nd, 2010

From now on when we have transit time, I will try to tell you a little bit about a lot of the JCR scientists and crew. I thought it’d be appropriate to start with Eric not only because this is his first time on a ship but also he had seen open water only twice […]

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Derya on November 22nd, 2010

My cabinmate Kerri said it best: “Today I felt like I got my butt kicked by Antarctica”. (Kerri is in special group of people on the JCR known as ‘the Canadians’, all of whom have significant sea ice experience.) To recap, we finished our work in the Weddell Sea and headed south into the Bellingshausen […]

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Derya on November 18th, 2010

Finally, we had two very boring days. On our third ice station, SeaBED got deployed AND recovered successfully two days in a row, the laser scanning, snow depth and ice thickness measurements were done with no major issues and the aerial scanning of the station was also carried out. Since the AUV had completed its […]

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Derya on November 15th, 2010

In the first meeting onboard JCR, Hanu had wished everyone a boring cruise. What he meant by this, of course, was that he hoped everything would go as planned and anticipated- so much that the routine daily operations would become boring. Hmmm… I could use a lot of adjectives to describe our first 7 days […]

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