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4 - Planning and Preparing
by Carlie Wiener
here to see where the Hi'ialakai is now.
here to see current data from the ship.
Really unique and dark clouds as the storm follows
the ship, Carlie Wiener.
I awoke earlier today and was out on deck by 5:30 a.m. I have taken to watching
the clouds; they seem really close and dramatic. The weather is still overcast
and rainy but the temperature outside is still surprisingly warm. The storm front
seems to be following the boat all the way up to the Monument. The ship is fairly
quiet with the scientists busily working away and planning for the upcoming dives.
The invertebrate’s team worked all morning to plan what samples they need
to collect from Pearl and Hermes Atoll. They did this by overlaying previously
examined sites onto a satellite image map. This is so they can prioritize sites
areas that have yet to be investigated.
Dr. Toonen and the rest of the invertebrate team
plan their dive site, Carlie Wiener.
It is important that the scientists are
organized and have a good idea what they need. This will
make the dives go quicker and much more efficiently. Others
work busily away at their laptops trying to stay on top of
their work. Dr. Meyer prepared his equipment, attaching floaters
to a line for the receiver (a listening device).
Dr. Meyer attaches floaters to a line to prepare
his listening device, Carlie Wiener.
investigators spent the late afternoon working on their dive
plans and met in the evening to work out the schedules. It is difficult to accommodate everyone’s
request but after prioritizing everyone seems happy with the agenda. The team
decides that they will concentrate on the South East corner of Pearl and Hermes
for their first day of dives. The dive areas are planned based on weather and
swell patterns and the scientist priority sites. For example, Dr. Karl requires
a small patch reef with 60% coral cover preferably
in an inside lagoon. One more day on the ship before we arrive
at Pearl and Hermes. From the NOAA Ship Hi‘ialakai a hui hou!
The principal investigators
meet to plan out the dive schedule, Carlie Wiener.
here for maps of the region