INDEX 2015 Expedition
After four years of prospecting, INDEX 2015 was the first exploration cruise to locate and define active and prospective inactive sulfide sites.
From November 22nd to December 12th we had the pleasure of working in the Indian Ocean for the German Federal Institutes of Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR) onboard the R/V Pelagia. This project had ROPOS diving as deep as 3400 metres in its “mid-depth” configuration but with its 5000 metre foam pack. This was our first time mobilizing on the R/V Pelagia, a vessel with a formidable crew operated by the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ). The vessel was a great fit for ROPOS and we hope to be able to work onboard again in the near future.
The ROPOS team completed a short but very busy expedition onboard the CCGS John P. Tully for Ocean Networks Canada (ONC). The expedition, named Wiring the Abyss 2014, focused on the maintenance of ONC’s deepest Northeast Pacific observatories: Endeavour (2300m), Clayoquot Slope (1250m), and Cascadia Basin (2660m).
VISIONS' 14 Expedition
Completing the construction of the Regional Scale Nodes cabled ocean observatory
For just over 12 weeks, we were out at sea on-board the R/V Thomas G. Thompson with the University of Washington (UW) for the VISIONS '14 expedition which ran from the 13th of July to October 6th, 2014. For the third year, our role was to install the secondary infrastructure of the OOI Regional Scale Nodes cabled ocean observatory with the UW Ocean Observatory Initiative (OOI) team of oceanographers and engineers. On all fronts, this expedition was a resounding success which marked the transition between RSN's construction to its operation and maintenance. As always, CSSF and its staff enjoyed the many challenges brought forward by this ambitious project.
ROPOS’ first expedition of the year was in support of L3 MariPro onboard the C/S Dependable. The primary objective of this expedition was for ROPOS to assist in the recovery and repair of a Primary Science Node that will be used by the Regional Scale Nodes program.