First EPOC newsletter out!

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The first EPOC newsletter is out! Reflecting on progress over the past 12 months, this first edition of the biannual EPOC newsletter focuses on our recent AMOC observational activities, as well as a round up of recent meetings and workshops. Happy reading! EPOC Newsletter, Issue 1 (December 2023): Download here (PDF, 2.8MB)

Atlantic overturning: new observations and challenges

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Atlantic overturning: new observations and challenges 23 October 2023 A new collection of scientific papers summarising the latest knowledge on the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC) are published online today (23 October 2023). The papers follow as a result of a scientific discussion meeting organised at the Royal Society in London on 5-6 December 2022 […]

Signing off

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Signing off 15 October 2023 Blog entry by Ilmar Liemann After spending three and a half weeks at sea aboard the RV Maria S. Merian, it’s time for us to end our journey. The ship is now heading to Ponta Delgada, where the team will disembark and make their way back home. This cruise wouldn’t […]

Final stop!

Final CTD deployment, MSM121

Final stop! 13 October 2023 Blog entry by Dinora Garcia Santacruz We’ve reached our last working day, and it’s safe to say that our cruise has been a resounding success! Throughout the voyage, we accomplished several significant tasks, including deploying 9 moorings, 14 PIES as an array, and conducting 60 CTD casts. Despite unfavorable weather […]

Flemish Cap and Flemish Pass

CTD deployment at sunset

Flemish Cap and Flemish Pass 11 October 2023 Blog entry by Ilmar Leimann During the recent days of our expedition, we have been fortunate to witness a remarkable improvement in the weather. We’ve made the most of these favourable conditions to accomplish several significant tasks. To kick things off, we found ourselves at Flemish Pass, […]

Pesky weather

Pesky weather 7 October 2023 Blog entry by Ilmar Leimann As mentioned in our previous post, we were certainly bracing ourselves for some challenging weather conditions, and boy, did we get just that! Thanks to a pesky low-pressure system, we found ourselves contending with waves that reached a staggering 8 meters in height, as beautifully […]

Deploying kit at Grand Banks

Deploying PIES, MSM121

Deploying kit at Grand Banks 5 October 2023 Blog entry by Duncan Dale We have now finished our work along the Grand Banks section where we successfully carried out a whole bunch of different tasks in the ongoing great weather. We deployed four moorings, conducted 15 CTD and ADCP casts, placed three landers on the […]

Our first deployment!

MSM121 mooring deployment (2)

Our first deployment! 28 September 2023 Blog entry by Ilmar Liemann and Maria-Jesus Rapanague Today, we successfully deployed the first of four moorings in the area south of the Grand Banks, spanning a length of 3812 meters. These moorings are equipped with a range of sophisticated instruments, including MicroCATs, which perform measurements of temperature, conductivity […]

Unpacking and preparing

unpacking mooring equipment on deck © Eleanor Frajka-WIlliams

Unpacking and preparing 26 September 2023 Blog entry by Ilmar Leimann and Maria-Jesus Rapanague In the end, we were not lucky to see the Northern Lights again. Since we left Nuuk and Greenland’s national waters, preparations have been underway for the scientific work that will take place in the upcoming weeks. All possible devices and […]

EPOC expedition MSM121 is underway!

View as Maria S. Merian leaves port

Sailing on the German research vessel RV Maria S. Merian, the team left Nuuk, Greenland and is heading south to the Flemish Cap to deploy new moorings and pressure sensors…