Welcome aboard SOLACE!
The Southern Ocean Large Areal Carbon Export voyage aboard Australia's RV Investigator was successfully completed on Friday, 15 January 2021.
The six week voyage was aimed at developing an approach to quantify the changing effectiveness of CO2 sequestration by the ocean's biological pump using remote-sensing by satellites and autonomous vehicles.
The images & stories below are by the scientists & crew on board.
The SOLACE project includes contributions from CSIRO, the University of Tasmania’s Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS), the Australian National University (ANU), Curtin University and the Australian Antarctic Program Partnership (AAPP).
Australian researchers today returned from a six-week marine science voyage investigating the critical role of ocean life in capturing atmospheric carbon.
After a 1000 nautical mile steam from polar waters, the SOLACE voyage finishes today, as we dock in Hobart.
Unlike whale-watching, birding never fails to deliver.
The delicate balance of the natural world – what’s being created and what’s being lost – can largely be traced through the signature of the gas that’s left behind.
They are microscopic, exhibit funky shapes and wear many different colours. Welcome to the amazing world of phytoplankton!
Polyacrylamide gels are providing a sneak peek at who’s responsible for exporting carbon to the ocean’s interior.
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.
Christmas on the SOLACE research voyage turned out to be a real cracker.
An IMAS PhD student and first time voyager gives an honest and up front account of her first three weeks on board RV Investigator.
A nomadic scientist’s reflections of home, from the remote Southern Ocean.