After a 5 day delay in departure we have got underway on the 5th October leaving Immingham, UK and headed for Portsmouth where we arrived today to re-fuel before eventually heading for the Falklands.
As part of the 23rd Atlantic Meridional Transect we will be taking oceanographic measurements over the next five weeks. These measurements will be used to help validate and parameterise a new bio-optical model being developed within an European Space Agency project.
Radiometric equipment is now set-up, and with the exception of a few teething issues, data is now coming in from the hyper-spectral radiometer. Setting up the radiometer was fun, it involved being hoisted up in a crane and attaching the downwelling irradiance sensor to the front mask and setting up the sky and water radiance sensors on the front of the ship with the tilt and roll sensor. Filtration rigs are also set up and we are hoping to being sampling at our first cruise station on Wednesday. The cruise track can be followed at http://www.sailwx.info/shiptrack/shipposition.phtml?call=ZDLP