5 issues we do on a SMART Celtic Voyager Coaching Course

Coaching is instructing, or creating in oneself or others, any abilities and data that relate to particular helpful competencies. Coaching has particular targets of enhancing one’s functionality, capability, productiveness and efficiency”  and rather more moreover!
Utilized Coastal and Marine Administration MSc college students coaching with SMART on the Celtic Voyager February 2017


CTD  expands to  Conductivity Temperature and Depth. College students deploy and retrieve a CTD rosette and be taught what the purposes of this improbable instrument are. What might be extra improbable than a probe that samples salinity and temperature with depth and develops earlier than your eyes a profile of the water column from prime to backside and may your analysis or curiosity demand it seize a pattern of water from each layer of temperature and salinity uncovered? Why cease at temperature and salinity? Lets get this workhorse of the Oceanographer rigged for fluorescence, turbidity and dissovled oxygen.  From this the way in which is cleared for exploration of the scary and thrilling world of the hydrodynamic mannequin with a bit of assist from the ADCP.  
CTD aka “the work horse of the oceanographer” safely recovered (would not look remotely like a horse)

CTD knowledge + ODV = salinity profile 


Now we have grabs for that. A seize as its title may counsel  takes a chunk of sediment from the seabed the bodily properties of which college students can then index to the acoustic knowledge the echo sounders purchase.  College students also can sieve this sediment and expose and determine the animals that dwell in it and index these to the ecological standing of the positioning we’re surveying. Each these analyses are carried out by college students on Celtic Voyager Coaching Programs. Our seize of selection is the Day Seize which will also be used at night time. Time permitting and curriculum demanding different beasts of the deck such because the Shipek Seize, Ryneck and Gravity Corers will also be unleashed. 
Our trusty day seize which benthic ecologists will inform you is an actual workhorse. Once more I do not the resemblance 
However it is extremely dependable and will get you this………….
And ultimately this! (NB nitrile gloves stop chipping of nail polish)

Echo Sounding

Echo sounding isn’t the sound of an echo. Sounding is measuring the depth of the ocean which on this case is calculated because the time taken for a pulse of sound (a ping) to ravel from the ship to the seabed and again  which is D=1/2*v*t. Easy sufficient till you realise the echo sounders carry out this calculation hundreds of occasions for every ping to say nothing of the various kinds of echo sounders and the variety of pings they ship out per second.  College students follow the operation of single and multibeam echo sounders for seabed mapping and characterisation and in addition seabed penetrating echo sounders for profiling sediment depths on the seafloor all of the whereas taking solely with no consideration the superior computing energy driving this expertise. All hail the geeks!   In case you didn’t know purposes of echo sounding embody amongst different issues habitat and useful resource maps, website investigations for offshore renewable vitality infrastructure, fish farms, pipe traces and anything you need to placed on, in or above the seabed.  College students who’ve accomplished one among our programs will clarify in higher element and failing that go to  INFOMAR whose experience and assist we’re indebted to and who’ve in all probability mapped extra seabed than some other nationwide company on this world.   
We like this to name Mr McManus’ acoustic clinic for sea mattress mapping with full array of EM 3002 MBES, EA 400 Single Beam echo sounder  and Coda sub backside profiler 

Benthic Ecology  
I can by no means resolve if this needs to be benthic biology or ecology or certainly benthos ecology and biology.  We touched on it earlier with our brief dissertation on grabs.  College students agitate and train seabed sediments and in scenes paying homage to the Exorcist name on the creatures therein to surrender their names. There are various and although none of them to my data are known as legion we press them taxa by taxa into the service of the environmental impression evaluation which shall be required ought to your MBES knowledge and hydrodynamic mannequin converge on the right spot for that strategically very important sub-sea observatory.  Earlier than you begin googling this absorbing subject please be suggested that benthic biology is an alien world and may simply take everlasting possession of your curiosity.
A small portion of a few of the unsavory issues we see….
Although apparently not everybody agrees…….


We all the time do lunch it doesn’t matter what. Early on I discovered that the wrath of the Captain is a zephyr in comparison with the fury of the cook dinner.  We’ve by no means really skilled fury however have skated shut sufficient to scorn to glimpse the horrors that lie past. I don’t have the info to say for sure that the scholars are ravenous and the protection gear and basic state of being properly wrapped up  offers them a chunky look  however the velocity at which lunch disappears needs to be explored as a proxy for familiarity with meals. The null speculation is that the meals is scrumptious. 
Not an image of scholars consuming lunch however quite of the desk the place they ate lunch.  Shutter velocity wasn’t quick sufficient to catch them. They have been browbeaten into an Environmental Impression Function play situation.

Can we do anything? 

Nicely tons really. We would and sometimes do go fishing with our sampling beam trawl if we’re coping with a pure useful resource science cohort. Our hydrographic investigations have been recognized to name upon sidescan sonar in vertically difficult conditions.  There are occasions when plankton, phyto and zoo, mero and  holo beckon our bongo and others when the mini ROV insists on being taken for a stroll. Seabirds might name for a census and blubber or charismatic megafauna as it’s popularly recognized isn’t ignored  (when the cry of dolphins on the starboard bow rings out all you are able to do is handle the stampede).  We even pester college students with function play situations that demand they combine all they’ve practiced right into a survey of their very own with a supporting solid of stakeholders and our new greatest good friend the ecosystem companies paradigm plus her inseparable sidekick precautionary method.  Funnily sufficient college students appear to love all of this however that might simply be the meals through which case  to hell with the geeks all hail the cook dinner! 
Eight and a half seagulls don’t a census make
The accursed blubber chewing up the surroundings as is their need
And their ardent followers who could be higher employed screening knowledge (a purely private opinion as are some other opinions inadvertently expressed in all the foregoing)
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None of this is able to be doable with out the assist of the Marine Institute and the  Analysis & Innovation Agenda of the Built-in Marine Plan for Eire (Harnessing Our Ocean Wealth).  Specifically we acknowledge the RV Operations workforce for his or her important assist of those offshore coaching programmes. Coaching programmes are supported on-line by content material developed by our programme companions at Galway-Mayo Institute of Know-how, the Nationwide College of Eire Galway, College Faculty Cork, the College of Ulster and Athlone Institute of Know-how. Coaching personnel are devoted specialists and researchers of their respective disciplines and within the wider discipline of élan. We thank them.  On the finish of each coaching survey we now have a submit cruise assembly with RV Ops on the Marine Institute.  A standing query at every assembly is how appropriate was the Celtic Voyager for the aim of the voyage. Our standing reply is eminently and that is due largely to the unstinting generosity of the ship’s crew in sharing their experience and expertise in navigation and deployments. They too are graduates of the college of élan. Additionally we want to thank the technical personnel at P&O Maritime whose wizardry ensures that the CTD, echo sounders and each different system on-board stay on talking phrases furnishing us with full knowledge units on the finish of every journey.  Lastly, members and interrogators in equal half, we acknowledge our college students whose curiosity and acuity retains the entire thing afloat.

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