September 07, 2016I have had the good fortune to participate on the OOI VISIONS expeditions since 2013. VISIONS13 was the eye-opener. I had never been “out to sea” so to speak, except for single day sports fishing for salmon and or bottom fish i
July 27, 2016During the 20 hour transit from Slope Base, those who could used the time to catch up on some much needed sleep and to conduct final preparations for what will be an intense few days with seven Jason dives planned.
July 24, 2016Our eyes have been on the weather since leaving dropping he RAPP winch technician in Newport Oregon by small boat. Winds and seas are expected to build and so we are working hard on getting operations completed at Southern Hydrate Ridge.
July 23, 2016The waters off Washington and Oregon are some of the most biologically-productive areas known, impacted by upwelling of nutrient-rich water..
July 21, 2016The tired, but happy Leg 1 team on the VISIONS’16 cruise came ashore to Newport, Oregon for demobilization and reloading of Cabled Array sensors and platforms yesterday at 1400.
July 19, 2016Since our ‘weather day’, the crew onboard the R/V Sikuliaq have been extremely busy with operations running around-the-clock. Our time at sea is a once-a-year opportunity we have to conduct the annual maintenance of infrastructure an
July 16, 2016The NE Pacific weather goddess was not kind to us the past ~24 hrs. In the wee hours of the morning yesterday, we began a 20 hour transit under angry seas to the Slope Base site, ~ 80 km west of Newport Oregon. With five Jason dives, the team wa
July 14, 2016The past 36 hours have been a whirlwind of intense activity, ending with the successful completion of all planned work at the Axial Base Site for Leg 1 of the VISIONS’16 expedition.
July 12, 2016The R/V Sikulaq arrived onsite at the base of Axial Seamount just after midnight today under calm seas. During the transit from Seattle, the Cabled Array tea
July 11, 2016With excitement and under misty Seattle skies, the UW engineering and science team on the R/V Sikuliaq pulled away from the School of Oceanography dock at 0800 to begin the VISIONS’16 expedition. This cruise is the second Operatio