The gaping ‘mouth’ of the Triaxus as it surfaces for recovery onto the RV Investigator. Instruments such as the LOPC (Laser Optical Plankton Counter, yellow body on the front, top) are located all over the rectangular carbon fibre frame.

CTD profiles and Triaxus sections set the scene for SOLACE sites

Two of the main workhorse instruments on board are the CTD and the Triaxus. The information obtained by these two instruments helps the SOLACE team make important calls on the suitability of a site for a longer term multi-week occupation.