Models and Mud: The last few days

Tudesday: Models and Mud: Last day of sampling

We didn’t even think we’d get to sample today or yesterday afternoon because of a weather system moving through the area, so today seemed like an added bonus. More coring, CTD-ing and so on happening.

The last erosion chamber measurement ended at 11 pm. In the last 5 days, we performed 19 erosion chamber experiments (2 cores per experiment). In other words, Joey and I ran the experiment, troubleshooted when things went awry and set up and cleaned up for about 76 hours. We pumped 190 gallons of water through the cores and then filtered it all! It’s a lot of work, but it will hopefully yield a good dataset and some interesting results!

In other news, JP and Reide picked up some data for me when they went to talk with Greg Hall at the Gisborne District Council. I’m looking forward to looking at it more once I get back to school.

Wednesday: Models and Mud: Steaming to Wellington

A day of finishing some filtering, catching up on some shut-eye, and doing a bit of work while we steam en route to Wellington, where we will disembark tomorrow. I got copies of the data we collected on the cruise that I will use for the modeling part of the project. We are packing all of the equipment to store at NIWA until the next cruise in September.

There is a southerly weather system coming through, so the going is a bit rough. About half of the science crew is lying down and the rest of us had to stop working because everything was getting tossed around. Miraculously, Carol (the cook) still managed to cook a meat pie with potatoes and vegetables, even with things flying around. It was really amazing.

Friday: Visit #2 to NIWA

On my way out of Wellington, I spent time at NIWA talking with Alan Orpin, Mark Hadfield, Graham Rickard, and Mike Uddstrom about the best way to access some of the datasets we talked about last week and about a weater forecast model. These guys have been a huge help and it will be interesting to correspond as our research progresses and to compare the our coastal model with Mark’s larger scale model.


Friday: Wrapping up

Sadly, this will be my last entry on this blog.  Over the last week and a half, I met with multiple scientists who have been a huge help toward my research and helped collect a ton of data during a week long research cruise.

I can’t wait to begin looking at the new data sets and to continue developing and improving the model.