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New Chief Scientist for National Deep Submergence Facility

Anna Michele on deck R/V Falkor

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), a world leader in ocean exploration, discovery and education, has named a new Chief Scientist for Deep Submergence (CSDS) for its National Deep Submergence Facility (NDSF). Dr. Anna Michel, an associate scientist in the Department of Applied Ocean Physics and Engineering, will be the first woman to serve in this…

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Launching NDSF News

NDSF has a new quarterly newsletter for the deep-submergence community to share regular updates about the Facility’s people, projects, and vehicles.  We’ll feature updates from the Alvin, Jason and Sentry Teams, as well as news articles, original stories, expedition photos (we’d love to include yours!), and more. Read Summer 2021 and Fall 2021. Subscribe here.

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Jason samples vents at the East Pacific Rise

Jason deploys temperature sensor

A multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional team traveled to the East Pacific Rise at 9°50’N in April 2021 to better understand the geophysical, chemical and biological connections at the hydrothermal vent fields there in advance of a seafloor eruption expected to occur in the near future. The remotely operated vehicle (ROV) Jason carried instruments and experiments to the…

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SciTechDaily: Hydrothermal fluid from Picard Vents leads to discovery that transforms understanding of hydrogen depletion at the seafloor

ROV Jason Cayman vent still

Using samples collected by ROV Jason II and Nereus, Scientists analyzing hydrothermal fluid from Piccard vents at Mid-Cayman Rise found “non-biological processes deplete hydrogen that was thought to be readily available to subseafloor microbial communities; discovery could impact global hydrogen budget.” Read the article here.

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COVID-19 information for NDSF user community

Covid-19 cell

Following guidance from UNOLS and our host site Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), the National Deep Submergence Facility is monitoring the situation related to COVID-19 closely and taking appropriate actions to keep our team and users safe. We are in the process of bringing all vehicles back to their home port in Woods Hole, Massachusetts.…

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