Creativity in the field

Being in the field or at sea is one of the perks of being an oceanographer, at least for some of us. To ensure that everything goes smoothly, a lot of planning and preparation comes into play because, just like camping, what you have with you is all you have and nobody wants to carry around more material than needed. Anyone who has...

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Instrument recovery using acoustic releases

Aug 03, 12 Instrument recovery using acoustic releases

Posted by in Bay of Fundy, Field work, Instruments

In July 2012, I had the opportunity to conduct fieldwork in Grand Passage, Nova Scotia. This tidal channel lies between Brier Island and Long Island, along the Digby Neck, and is proposed for in-stream tidal turbine development. We collected acoustic measurements from a bottom-mounted frame with a hydrophone on it. The greatest...

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Sampling mud flats despite large tides!

You might have heard that the Bay of Fundy is home of the largest tides in the world, reaching heights above 16 m. As part of my Master’s project, I needed to obtain sediment cores from mud flats that experience such huge tides. Our usual hand coring technique consists of using a simple device to push plastic barrels into...

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