Derisking Offshore Wind Vitality Growth Potential in Irish Waters (DOWindy) – Day 3 – 6

Derisking Offshore Wind Vitality Growth Potential in Irish Waters (DOWindy)


sixteenth – twenty eighth September 2019

DOWindy Day 3-4

Greetings from the Port of Cork.
Effectively…the climate didn’t maintain.  We needed to retreat into Cork Harbour for security causes.  We’re all nonetheless on the prepared; simply ready for the climate to provide us an opportunity.  That’s the way in which it goes with marine analysis.  The ocean is a fickle, and generally uncooperative, analysis companion. 
Picture: Ger Summers and Jared Peters, caught in Port of Cork with each the Celtic Voyager and the Celtic Explorer tied up within the background. 
Publish by Dr Jared Peters; postdoctoral researcher at UCC and the MaREI Centre. 

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The next weblog is by MSc pupil, Evan O’Mahony

Greetings from the DOWindy cruise workforce! I’d identical to to introduce you to a short function of a scientist on board a analysis cruise crusing the wilds of the Irish shoreline and why I’m concerned on this research. I’m at the moment present process a analysis masters delving into the potential of marine mixture extraction off the south coast of Eire (Fig. 1).
Fig. 1: Sundown south of Cork.
Marine Geology analysis is very similar to its terrestrial counterparts however with the added pleasure of getting a short lived workplace floating 100+ generally 1000+ meters above your space of curiosity inside a continuous, 24-hour work atmosphere. Participating within the DOWindy analysis cruise on-board the RV Celtic Voyager isn’t any totally different.

Having been lucky sufficient to be chosen to work on the day shift, the analysis begins with a big pattern of floor down espresso beans blended into an answer of sizzling water. After this, work revolves round your present place on the water, which might be break up merely into 3 phases: IN-TRANSIT, ON-STATION and AT-DOCK.

The IN-TRANSIT stage does precisely what it says on the tin and entails setting course to the world we wish to take a look at/pattern. Though chances are you’ll be travelling to your vacation spot with nothing to do however swap in your subsequent podcast or latest playlist, for instance it provides the scientists on board the possibility to arrange sampling stations within the Moist lab, strategize probably the most environment friendly solution to strategy every location almost about time or deteriorating climate circumstances (because the Ocean is just not at all times cool, calm nor collected). The transit interval additionally provides among the crew and scientists some priceless time to sleep and relaxation, as said earlier than, it’s a 24-hour operation. A bonus to transit is having the ability to admire the fantastic thing about working at sea (please do see Fig. 1).  

Because the preparation involves an finish within the transit stage, the ship closes in on the ON-STATION stage. Being on station is the place each the scientists and the crew are working in full swing. Within the case of the DOWindy cruise, the primary methodology of research in the course of the ON-STATION stage is by way of the Sparker system, which operates at excessive voltage emitting a “spark” into the encircling water. The interplay between this spark and the encircling water creates a particular frequency sound that travels via the water column on to the seabed and into the sub-bottom realm finally bouncing again to a receiver often known as a hydrophone. This method of occasions happens inside a break up second on repeat in tow behind the vessel receiving information that may assist us decide what the seabed and depth to bedrock is with out having to trigger pointless injury (See Fig. 2).
Fig. 2: Deploying of the Sparker catamaran
Along with gathering Sparker information, bodily samples of the seabed are collected as a reference to check bodily attributes versus geophysical attributes obtained from the sparker. This bodily sampling is completed by way of two strategies; the Shipek seize sampler and a Vibrocore. The Shipek sampler is a spring-loaded scoop that basically is lowered all the way down to the seabed a like its title sake, grabs a fistful of seabed sediment for evaluation, a comparatively easy and efficient methodology of sediment assortment. Whereas the Vibrocore, is extra advanced. This methodology is once more, lowered into the water column, on to the seabed and has the potential to core as much as 3 m into the seabed substrate retrieving an undisturbed pattern of sediment that can be utilized for additional evaluation. Bodily pattern assortment can solely be undertaken in the course of the day shift for elevated visibility and security causes (See Fig. 3).
Fig. 3 Vibrocore on deck prepared for motion
Fig. 3 Exhibits the Shipek seize sampler in operation

The mix of geophysical evaluation and bodily sediment sampling throughout this DOWindy cruise is not going to solely help in de-risking the potential of offshore windfarm development however, will enable my analysis to develop via palms on bodily evaluation of sediment and interpretation of seismic traces created by the sparker in shut proximity to my areas of analysis. Thus, making my involvement on this cruise invaluable.
Final however not least, the ultimate stage to be talked about; AT-DOCK. This once more is a reasonably self-explanatory stage within the cruise. Most often encountered when boarding the vessel and within the case of the DOWindy cruise, was on the pretty Galway Docks, making that considerably daunting activity of setting off extra snug. Lastly, in the course of the AT-DOCK stage (a lot to the chagrin of the Corkonians aboard) the vessel we can be mooring on the shores of Dublin Bay. That is the place we are saying goodbye to the RV Celtic Voyagerand its crew, till the second leg of the cruise which is like 2 weeks after this one!

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