The 2017 Arctic Shelf Growth, Advection, Respiration and Deposition Rate Measurements (ASGARD) expedition got off to an unofficial start this week as several members of the science team boarded the R/V Sikuliaq in Dutch Harbor. While in port, Sikuliaq crew and the science team loaded up the vessel with many tons of gear, equipment, supplies, fuel, and fresh food, and hosted a vessel tour for members of the Dutch Harbor/Unalaska community.
Our skeleton science team made use of the three-day transit from Dutch Harbor to get things organized in the laboratories, install optical equipment on the Conductivity-Temperature-Depth (CTD) rosette, prepare the mooring equipment, conduct a few test casts with the CTD rosette, and review sampling protocols and cruise plans.
It was smooth sailing all the way into Nome. Soon, the real work will begin.
Aerial view of R/V Sikuliaq at the Dutch Harbor docks prior to the 2017 ASGARD cruise. Photo credit: Andrew McDonnell