During July and August 2011, MBARI scientists will use the research vessel Western Flyer and the remotely operated vehicle (ROV) Doc Ricketts to explore the deep sea off Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia. A multidisciplinary group of MBARI scientists and collaborators will study underwater volcanoes, deep-sea animals, and methane hydrates (frozen mixtures of natural gas and seawater). The public can follow this expedition through daily cruise logs.
MBARI's research vessel Western Flyer and the remotely operated vehicle Doc Ricketts are on an eight-week expedition to the waters off the coasts of Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia. A multidisciplinary group of MBARI scientists and collaborators will explore and conduct research experiments on gas hydrates, the behavior of carbon dioxide in the deep sea, underwater volcanoes, and the animals that live in the deep sea.
The expedition is divided into four "legs," each with different research objectives. In between each leg, the ship will dock in Newport, Oregon, where one group of researchers will go ashore, the next group of researchers will board the ship, and the ship's crew will replenish fuel and supplies.
The research vessel Zephyr will also participate in this expedition, serving as a support ship for the autonomous underwater vehicle D. Allan B., which is equipped with multibeam sonar for mapping the ocean floor. The maps created by data from the D. Allen B. will help researchers aboard the Western Flyer determine the best places to explore with the ROV Doc Ricketts.
2011 Pacific Northwest Expedition