Posts by Sarah Schofield
The beautiful, harsh, unrelenting and amazing Southern Ocean
The Southern Ocean can be beautiful, harsh, unrelenting and amazing, all at once. Here are some incredible photos taken by scientists and support staff on voyages led by Professor Tom Trull, on board Southern Surveyor.
Southern Surveyor: Stories from on board Australia’s ocean research vessel – Professor Tom Trull
The book includes a chapter on physical oceanographer Professor Tom Trull from the ACE CRC, CSIRO and the University of Tasmania, whose infamous voyages into the Southern Ocean, have left many a scientist curled up in a bean bag in the Operations Room, while the ship battled through big seas and strong winds.
What are IMOS doing in the Southern Ocean?
IMOS, or the Integrated Mooring Oceanographic System, has loads of robots out in the ocean measuring data right now, which relay all of their data via satellite back to scientists to study.
Preparing a new mooring line for the Southern Ocean
The team at the moorings workshop at the CSIRO Hobart Marine Laboratories have ordered it in, as they'll be heading down to the Southern Ocean next April with Professor Tom Trull, from the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems CRC, to retrieve a mooring and replace it with a new one.
The astoundingly beautiful Ball’s Pyramid, near Lord Howe Island
A few years ago Professor Colin Woodroffe from the University of Wollongong went there on board the RV Southern Surveyor to study the marine environment around this remnant volcano and the photos from this voyage are astoundingly beautiful.
Southern Surveyor: Stories from on board Australia’s ocean research vessel – Professor Colin Woodroffe
The book includes a chapter on Professor Colin Woodroffe a coastal geomorphologist from the University of Wollongong, who while studying a spectacular remnant volcano on board Southern Surveyor, near Lord Howe Island, uncovered the southern-most living corals in the Pacific Ocean.
Comparing the sea floor mapping capabilities of RV Investigator with RV Southern Surveyor
The amazing new sea floor mapping sonars on RV Investigator are so advanced they can map down to any ocean depth, including the deepest location in the ocean, the Mariana Trench at 10,994 metres.
ABC’s Radio National Drive talking to Dr Robin Beaman about mapping the Great Barrier Reef
Here's is a great interview with Dr Robin Beaman from James Cook University talking about some of the amazing marine science discoveries he made on board RV Southern Surveyor about our Great Barrier Reef.
Communiqué – MNF SC Frequency of Call for Applications for Sea Time
At the 76th meeting of the Marine National Facility Steering Committee (MNF SC) in February 2015, the Committee considered a range of options for the MNF applications process to maximise the utility of the MNF voyage schedule.
Southern Surveyor: Stories from on board Australia’s ocean research vessel – Professor Richard Arculus
The book includes a chapter on Professor Richard Arculus an igneous petrologist from the Australian National University, who used the sonar systems on board RV Southern Surveyor to discover the West Mata submarine volcano, which lies 1,100 metres below the ocean’s surface and is 200 kilometres southwest of Samoan Islands.
Southern Surveyor: Stories from on board Australia’s ocean research vessel – Professor Neville Exon
The book includes a chapter on Professor Neville Exon, a sedimentary geologist at the Australian National University, who discovered everything from oil and gas fields, to ancient coral reefs and a five-million-year-old whale skeleton on his voyages on board Southern Surveyor.