NDSF just published the first edition of a 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.
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 seafloor and brought physical samples and high-quality images back to the surface throughout the 45-day expedition on the research vessel Roger Revelle in April 2021.
Watch a recording of the livestream of Jason working at the East Pacific Rise.Jason traversing volcanic seafloor near 9° 50’N at 2500 meters below the surface Jason sampling vents and volcanic seafloor Jason preparing to measure the temperature at a hydrothermal vent Jason deploying a self-recording, fluid temperature sensor near 9° 47’N at 2510-meter depth
Images, samples, and sidescan of several corroded barrels on the sea floor off the coast of California captured by ROV Jason and AUV Sentry in 2011 helped UC Santa Barbara scientist David Valentine uncover a massive and largely forgotten chemical waste dump on the seafloor near Los Angeles. Read the whole story in the New York Times.
Listen to Alvin Program Manager Bruce Strickrott explain how Alvin stays in one piece under the enormous pressure of the ocean.
Listen to Adam Soule talking about HOV Alvin–it’s storied history and promising future on this podcast from Physics World. The Alvin portion begins at 18:20.
WIRED Magazine interviews Alvin Group Manager Bruce Strickrott and Chief Scientist for Deep Submergence Adam Soule about the 6,500 meter overhaul.