Author Archive for John Cassano

Taking to the Skies

By Kelly Schick While PIPERS involves primarily water going vessels, the unmanned aerial systems (UAS) team of PIPERS has four unmanned aircraft taking to the skies above the ice.   When conditions allow (both weather and ice), the UAS team…

Embracing the Unpredictable

By Kelly Schick Winter in Antarctica isn’t always auroras and penguins – the chance for high winds, snow and rapidly changing conditions is a real factor that affects our day to day life on the ship. A fair portion of…

The Copper Rush

By Sam Gartzman, University of Rhode Island “Fire bottles 23 and 24” is the phrase to know when the CTD is coming on board. The CTD (Conductivity, Temperature and Depth) is a water profiling and sampling package that we regularly…

LiDAR ice survey

By Julie Parno We are about a quarter of the way into our cruise. It being my first, I feel like I am settling in to boat life well. As with any field work, flexibility is key and Mother Nature…

The Trouble with Mr. Mini

By Peter Sedwick In my last post, I provided some background on my group’s goal of measuring the levels of iron in the Ross Sea during late fall and early winter, when deep mixing brings this essential “micronutrient” up from…