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Tangaroa Blog #7 All aboard

3 months ago by Kate Boersen


Kate onboard Tangaroa Medium

Now that most of the instruments are out we had out first series of science presentation and looked at some of the data from the instruments.

It appears that the seafloor pressure sensors picked up the Te Araroa earthquake/tsunami and seismic shaking from the Kaikoura earthquake but further analysis still needs to completed.

The GPS buoy stayed out all day and was retrieved by the crew this afternoon. This completes the Japanese science work off the Gisborne coast.

Next up Gisborne to pick up the additional science staff for the next part of the voyage. It was so beautiful travelling south along the coast to Gisborne and just as we came into Poverty Bay the sun started to set.

Originally, we were meant to go into the port there but it was determined the scientists ended up coming out on the pilot boat to complete the science team of:

  1. Laura Wallace (GNS Science, NZ)
  2. Ted Koczynski (Colombia University, US)
  3. Walt Masterson (Colombia University, US)
  4. Jen Granich (Valhalla High School and Middle School, US)
  5. Ryan Yohler (University of Missouri, US)
  6. Andrew Cowie (GNS Science, NZ)
  7. Neville Palmer (GNS Science, NZ)
  8. Erin Todd (University of Otago, NZ)
  9. Yui Nishimagi (Tohoku University, Japan)
  10. Syu Suzuki (Tohoku University, Japan)
  11. Yoshi Ito (Kyoto University, Japan)
  12. Makiko Sato (Tohoku University, Japan)
  13. Will Quinn (NIWA, NZ)
  14. Motoyuki Kido (Tohoku University, Japan)
  15. Tomoya Muramoto (Kyoto University, Japan)
  16. Alan Orpin (NIWA, NZ)
  17. Scott Nodder (NIWA, NZ)
  18.  Jamie Howarth (Victoria University of Wellington, NZ)

Alan, Scott and Jamie brought with them the replacement piece for the US instrument. This meant we were able to complete the final deployment late this evening.

Once the instrument was deployed, I helped Laura and Jen to carry out the survey to determine the US instruments location on the seafloor.

This was my first night working up on the bridge thanks to a barely there swell. We finished just before midnight! Noon to midnight watch complete!