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Jul 23

Day 7: GLAD Expedition – Aquarium-State-of-Mind

Day seven of GLAD has been filled with all things Gulfport thus far. The day’s first development was the (scheduled) addition of a 12th member of the science staff: Darek Bogucki out of Texas A&M University. Quickly on the heels of his arrival came the presentation/question session with members of our funding agency, the Gulf …

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Jul 22

Day 6: GLAD Expedition – 2 boats, 5 hours, 90 drifters…

Two small boats. Five hours. Ninety drifters. The time from breakfast to lunch was filled with the long-awaited “S1” deployment. Using nothing more than our small boat’s compass and our own mariners’ intuition (with some pre-loaded GPS waypoints on a hand-held Garmin), we dotted our little patch of Gulf with a third of the payload. …

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Jul 21

Day 5: GLAD Expedition – Fairly foul

Fairly foul weather greeted us this morning, making getting out of bed an exercise in balance for this landlubber. “We just passed through a squall,” one researcher told me as I staggered up the stairs. Uh huh. In any case, our deployment schedule for the day is delayed until tomorrow (Sunday). But instead of displaced …

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Jul 20

Day 4: GLAD Expedition – Round-the-clock

Good morning- or whatever it is. It’s still morning for me (since I awoke at the crack of noon). We’re locked into the heart of the Large Scale Survey, meaning around-the-clock drifter deployments. Every 90-120 minutes, we reach a new drop zone (there are 20 such in the LSS) along our spiral course to the …

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Jul 19

Day 3: GLAD Expedition – Calm before the storm… of activity

Today’s edition of the “Daily CARTHEan” will be a bit meager. It’s no accident- the furious pace at which drifter construction proceeded yesterday has left us with very little in the way of group physical labor to be done today. Attaching water-activated flashing LEDs to each of the ninety drifters in the “S1” deployment is …

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Jul 19

Day 2: GLAD Expedition – Nathan Laxague

For the first time in my life, I woke to find myself surrounded on all sides by water with no land in sight. We were definitely not in the Keys (or Kansas, for that matter) anymore. The look of the ocean had changed from its previously pale, shallow aqua to a deep and pristine cerulean. …

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Jul 17

Day 1: GLAD Expedition – PhD Student Nathan Laxague Update

Day one of our intrepid expedition has gone swimmingly (figuratively speaking). As of 17:00 UTC, we were steaming down the coast of Southeast Florida under 85 degrees and 70% humidity. I assume that our hug-the-coast trajectory is an anti-foul conditions measure, but there’s a small part of me that suspects it is to maintain TV …

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Jul 05

Welcome to the CARTHE GLAD blog!

The CARTHE GLAD blog site is dedicated to our Grand Lagrangian Deployment (GLAD) experiment set for July 17 – Aug 3, 2012. We will have a number of our researchers and students updating you on their experiences during and after the experiment. We expected to have updates daily! A little background… The Consortium for Advanced …

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