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Volume 32 Issue 02

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Volume 32, No. 2
Pages 116 - 121

Novel and Flexible Approach to Access the Open Ocean: Uses of Sailing Research Vessel Lady Amber During SPURS-2

Luc Rainville Luca R. CenturioniWilliam E. AsherCarol Anne ClaysonKyla DrushkaJames B. EdsonBenjamin A. HodgesVerena HormannJ. Thomas FarrarJulian J. SchanzeAndrey Y. Shcherbina
Article Abstract

SPURS-2 (Salinity Processes in the Upper-ocean Regional Study 2) used the schooner Lady Amber, a small sailing research vessel, to deploy, service, maintain, and recover a variety of oceanographic and meteorological instruments in the eastern Pacific Ocean. Low operational costs allowed us to frequently deploy floats and drifters to collect data necessary for resolving the regional circulation of the eastern tropical Pacific. The small charter gave us the opportunity to deploy drifters in locations chosen according to current conditions, to recover and deploy various autonomous instruments in a targeted and adaptive manner, and to collect additional near-surface and atmospheric measurements in the remote SPURS-2 region.


Rainville, L., L.R. Centurioni, W.E. Asher, C.A. Clayson, K. Drushka, J.B. Edson, B.A. Hodges, V. Hormann, J.T. Farrar, J.J. Schanze, and A.Y. Shcherbina. 2019. Novel and flexible approach to access the open ocean: Uses of sailing research vessel Lady Amber during SPURS-2. Oceanography 32(2):116–121, https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2019.219.


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