Visitors to the Waterfront

Thursday, March 7, 2013 by Meredyth Eufemia

On February 21st, Portland’s waterfront had a special visitor…NOAA’s (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) Research Vessel Pisces and her crew. The ship spent two nights in port due to some weather offshore. While docked here the crew and research staff was nice enough to gave GMRI’s scientists and staff a tour of the ship.

 

Our tour involved checking out the decks and the fishing gear they use to complete fish population studies.

Photos Courtesy of Petri Tuohimaa, GMRI

We were able to see the wet lab where they analyze the catches and record data. It was pretty cool to see their high tech equipment and how they set it up to all fit inside the ship.

Photos Courtesy of Petri Tuohimaa, GMRI

Because of the cost of running a research cruise on a ship like this the scientists on board collects as much data as they can when they are at sea. They collect data on water chemistry as well, using tools like this one.

Photos Courtesy of Petri Tuohimaa, GMRI

This tool allows scientist to collect water samples from different depths and has a CTD ( Conducity, Temperture, Depth Sensor) which measures water temperature, salinity, depth and density.

We learned a bit about what life on a ship is like by checking out the sleeping quarters, lounge areas and the dining room.  The movement of the ship when at sea means that most things are tied down or latched shut. Check out the creativity use of tennis balls to keep the dining chairs in place.

Photos Courtesy of Petri Tuohimaa, GMRI

Our tour ended in the bridge of the ship where the Captain and crew command the ship.

Photos Courtesy of Petri Tuohimaa, GMRI

 Photos Courtesy of Petri Tuohimaa, GMRI

What question do you think the research taking place on this ship might be working to answer?

Learn more about the work being completed on Pisces by checking out this blog http://nefsc.wordpress.com/



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