I began Sea of Change while interning with Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Science, when I went out to sea to collect samples in the Bering sea. Now that I’m going back out to sea in the northern Pacific, I decided to resume blogging for the sake of friends, family, and science junkies interested enough to read what day to day life is like on board a research vessel.

Atlantis expedition AT18-107, 2011

Within the pores and cracks of ocean rock, water flows. This provides a niche for microbes, and may constitute one of the largest environments on Earth. Its hard to imagine life teaming where we cannot go, but the ocean crust is large and fertile. Its very difficult to study, however. Its finally beginning to get the attention it warrants, however, in the form of borehole observatories: interchangeable, customizable units that are installed into holes drilled into the crust just like a well drilled into an aquifer on land. This summer, the Atlantis and its crew will return to a set of borehole observatories to recover samples and deploy fresh new material upon which life will grow.

Oshoro Maru expedition, 2009

Sea of Change is a personal blog documenting the experience of a research intern for the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Science.   During the summer of 2009, Andrew Gross is to participate in an expedition to the Bering Sea, the body of water north of the Pacific Ocean which sits between Asia and Alaska.  This blog is to document his personal experience, as well as scientific observations during his time from arrival at Bigelow Laboratories headquarters in Maine, through his voyage into the Bering Sea and Arctic Circle, and back to Bigelow Laboratories headquarters for data analysis.

The primary objective of the expedition is to gather data to improve satellite-based estimates of oceanic plankton concentrations.  Secondary objectives will appear as they arise.  Welcome to Sea of Change, please comment freely.

The Bering Sea Cruise is a joint undertaking between Bigelow Laboratories for Ocean Science and Louisiana State University. It is funded by NASA and the assistance of the National Science Foundation.

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