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Sunset in the Gulf, as seen from a research vessel. (c) ECOGIG

2016 Fall Mooring and Lander Cruise
9/11/2016 - 9/16/2016
The main goals of the Fall 2016 Pt. Sur cruise are to recover and redeploy the mooring at station OC26 in the Gulf, and recover the nearby lander. That lander will be deployed at GC767 along with 3 “mini landers” from UNC. In addition to this work, we will do some extended pumping/filtration of hydrocarbons, test a new imaging and lander deployment system, obtain some marine snow abundance profiles, and acquire samples for shipboard laboratory analyses.
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2016 Endeavor Cruise
7/23/2016 - 8/15/2016
This cruise takes the ECOGIG research team back to the Gulf of Mexico to continue their research assessing the ecological impacts of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon accident (Macondo oil well blowout). This cruise will allow ECOGIG researchers to collect water column and sediment samples from a number of research sites in the Gulf in order to track the impacts of anthropogenic oil and compare them to natural oil and gas seeps and control sites.

2 gliders were deployed on July 14th to record information about the conductivity, temperature, depth, bio-optics and oxygen at several ECOGIG research sites in the Gulf. There is a glider rated for 200m (600ft) of water that will measure at GC600, and a glider rated for 100m (300ft) that will move between control sites and other areas of interest. The gliders are currently reporting data from their positions every 5 hours, which is viewable here. The scientific party on the R/V Endeavor plans to recover these gliders during the current cruise.

10 undergraduate students and 2 faculty, all participating in the STEM SEAS program join ECOGIG's Dr. Joseph Montoya and several graduate students onboard the R/V Endeavor as it transits from Morehead City, NC to Gulfport, MS. The STEM SEAS students will learn more about ECOGIG's research as well as general oceanographic research on the trip!
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2015 Endeavor Cruise
5/29/2015 - 6/21/2015
Purpose of cruise: This cruise took the ECOGIG team back to the Gulf of Mexico to continue their research to assess the ecological impacts of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon accident and Macondo oil well blowout. This cruise allowed the scientists to collect water column and sediment samples to track Macondo impacts and compare the processes observed in Macondo-influenced areas to natural seeps and control sites.
Undergraduate student Drake Lee-Patterson blogged from the cruise.
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2014 Pelican Cruise #4
9/18/2014 - 9/22/2014
Purpose of Cruise: To recover and re-deploy moorings, acquire multicores & test optical features with sampling equipment, collaborate with Teledyne on Webb profiler work, and other sampling and glider tests.
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2014 Nautilus Cruise
6/22/2014 - 7/4/2014
Purpose of cruise: The team will focus on deep-sea corals, animals that live on and around them, and their response to the DWH oil spill.  To do so, they will re-image as many as possible of the same corals that they have followed over the last 4 years and collect samples for analyses of coral and microbe response to natural seepage. This cruise will utilize two premier Remotely Operated Vehicles to conduct research at the bottom of the Gulf: ROV Hercules and ROV Argus. Live feeds at www.nautiluslive.org
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2014 Pelican Cruise #2
5/1/2014 - 5/6/2014
Purpose of cruise: ECOGIG researchers will recover and re-deploy two mooring arrays that have been deployed in the Gulf for over a year. These arrays have been collecting material that is settling through the water column. Time series collections of this material are stored autonomously in individual cups over the time of the deployment, and will provide information about the composition of the material, its origin,  and whether it came straight from the surface or was first deposited on the ocean floor and then re-suspended into the water column by currents.
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2014 Atlantis Cruise
3/29/2014 - 4/22/2014
Purpose of cruise: To revisit and obtain water and sediment samples from sites around the wellhead and the natural hydrocarbon seep at GC600. We will be measuring rates of hydrocarbon concentrations and turnover as well as doing detailed microbiological surveys.
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2014 Pelican Cruise #1
3/6/2014 - 3/13/2014
Purpose of cruise: To service, deploy, and recover custom in situ experimental packages designed to assess various components of deepwater hydrocarbon cycling
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2013 Pelican Cruise #5
10/5/2013 - 10/14/2013
Purpose of cruise: Recovery and deployment of landers and other equipment.
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2013 Pelican Cruise #4
8/30/2013 - 9/8/2013
Purpose of cruise: AUV mapping
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2013 Endeavor Cruise #1
6/18/2013 - 7/5/2013
Purpose of cruise: Investigated various water column and benthic processes in the Gulf of Mexico.
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2012 Falkor Cruise #1
11/4/2012 - 11/19/2012
Purpose of cruise: Exploration of the water column with an ROV, multi-coring the sediment
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2012 Endeavor Cruise #3
9/4/2012 - 9/17/2012
Purpose of cruise: Water column sampling and sediment multi-coring in the Gulf of Mexico
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2012 Endeavor Cruise #2
6/22/2012 - 7/5/2012
Purpose of cruise: Water column sampling and sediment multi-coring in the Gulf of Mexico
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