July 4, 2017

Exciting morning for our WP3 team. We deployed a final run with the time lapse camera in our deep sea area. This time the camera will take a picture of baited kelp tray every 90 minutes from now until October, 2017. 

Our previous deployments ran for...

May 27, 2017

WP1 is back in the water for the May campaign and diving in some pretty spectacular underwater forests! 

Seems like we were just here sampling in March, but a lot of changes have happened to the kelp since then. The plants have grown an entire new blade in the...

May 27, 2017

Yes! And it ended with 2 long days working through the night... which wore out your trusty blogger. So apologies for the late update. 

Final days of WP3 cruise were spent collecting samples of benthic macrofauna (animals that are large enough to see)...

May 7, 2017

Well folks... it is time to bring up the time lapse camera. First step, position the ship over the drop location, lower a transceiver over the side and send an acoustic code down to 400 m to tell the rig to drop weights.

Seems simple. Except during t...

May 4, 2017

A key part of understanding the importance of detached kelp in deep sea habitats is measuring how it influences the community. Half of the ship is hard at work on this question.

The trawl crew have been collecting fish, shrimps, and other invert...

May 2, 2017

There was a time when the only gear you needed to answer all the pressing kelp-related questions was a scuba tank, a quadrat, flagging tape, and an unreasonable amount of cable ties. Times are changing and WP3 is definitely upping their equipment game.

Our second leg of...

April 28, 2017

We blew the strobe light on our camera late day 2. While we re-soldered the connections, the ship changed tasks and brought out the trawl. 

The trawl collected fish, kelp, shrimps, and sea cucumbers from 410 m depth. We will use stable isotope measures from th...

April 27, 2017

The WP3 team started day 1 of their 14 day research cruise. This part of the KELPEX project will look at the movement and influence of kelp on deep-sea communities.

We boarded the UiT’s R/V Johan Ruud in Tromsø and headed out to Malangen. Our first goal: verify tha...

April 2, 2017

Well we did it! March field campaign was a wild ride. After being land locked for 3 days by winter storms the team pulled out an intense last afternoon and managed to collect the samples from the final 3 of 10 sites. We finished as the sun was setting and processed sam...

March 27, 2017

The WP1 Dream Team had some nice dives in Arctic kelp forests followed by 3 days of kelp processing and field set-up. Check out our erosion/production tagging procedure. 

We had to cover our dining room with a tarp to process samples and get out of the wind. At least ou...

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