Towards the end of summer...

So here we are now, in the middle of the Pacific. Well, actually a bit northeast of the middle, but the feeling is all the same. It is a very special thing to be on a tiny ship completely surrounded by nothing but endless water. If the weather is pleasant like now, it really feels great! Having sailed on other research vessels before, this is my first IOPD expedition, and even though we have not even reached the first drill site, it is already a great and very special experience. Not only for the many scientific participants that – like myself – never were onboard Joides Resolution before, but especially for our Co-Chief Scientists Christina and Kozo. They have been planning this exciting expedition for many years, and finally it is reality!

I guess people at home might be asking: What are those lazy guys doing out there if they haven’t even got the first drill site? The answer is: Really a lot… It is hard to imagine beforehand what it takes to make such an expedition a successful one. First of all, you have to get used to the totally new environment of the ship, where you constantly get lost and find yourself standing in some hallway you have never seen before. Trivial things like how to open that locker or how to flush that toilet. Then there is lots of new information regarding scientific objectives of the cruise, safety issues, the various data bases and software packages used onboard… And most important, every scientist is part of a team of specialists starting to get really busy as soon as the first core arrives on deck. There are paleontologists, geochemists, microbiologists, sedimentologists, stratigraphic correlators, physical property and magnetics people… Although we are greatly supported by a team of cheerful and very skilled technicians, everyone has to be prepared the best possible way for the first cores. The beauty of these IODP cruises is that by the time we leave the ship in Yokohama, we will already have created a large dataset from the recovered sediments – at least that’s the idea of it… So we all have to get used to our onboard duties, and – not always an easy one – learn how to make the computer software store away the right data in the right place. Not to forget that we all have to get into our 12 hour shifts, especially those running midnight to noon…
So this is all very exciting, and I have the feeling that we are all very aware of what a great honor it is to sail onboard this ship. And everyone is really excited to see the first soupy samples!
All the best from the North Pacific
Christian

Comments

Bremen greeting

So exciting to read about your experiences aboard JR! I am much looking forward to read more from your North Pacific drilling adventure while back home we're playing with South East Atlantic mud, we live in such a globalized world...
Cheers from Bremen! Vera.

Greetings from Heidelberg

This sounds very exciting and I find it great to be able to follow the you and the other scientist on the expedition through the Bering Strait.
So keep us up on the news.
Greetings from the whole family!

Great observation.

Christian is sedimentologist and one of the many scientists on board, and is a great example of the dedication I've seen here on the JR. Maybe if we ask really nice, he'll tell us more about himself and what he'll be studying.