Webinar: Planning a Cruise to the East Pacific Rise

Monday, September 10, 2018


Dan Fornari, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution; Michael Perfit, University of Florida

This presentation is the first in a series of 4 webinars associated with the NSF-funded ECS cruise on RV Atlantis, with Alvin and Sentry, in Dec. 2018. Four dives are planned for each of Alvin and Sentry for the East Pacific Rise (EPR) axis and hydrothermal vents at the 9° 50’N area.

In webinar #1, we plan to cover a range of topics related both to past research at the EPR 9° 50’N as well as operational considerations for how to plan and execute Alvin and Sentry research dives to optimize scientific data collection for both shipboard and shore-based analyses.

In the invitation you received from AGU, you will also find links to several PDFs of research articles pertaining to past work at the EPR 9 50’N site. There are many more available, and a full citation list can be found in the Fornari et al. 2012 article in Oceanography Magazine, which is the first PDF in the list. In preparation for the webinar, please read the Fornari et al. 2012 article.

Also, in order to inform your thinking about possible options and how the Alvin and Sentry dive planning could unfold during the ECS cruise, we previously provided some basic information in a PDF sent by email on Aug. 5 to stimulate your discussions among and within the disciplinary groups. Please also continue to use the Slack AT42-06 message board as a forum for exchange of ideas, plans and strategies. The informational PDF is also posted on the #general message board at Slack. You should all have received invites to Slack and feel free to also join the other subgroups in addition to the ‘general’ message board, and the recently created a #diveplanning subgroup.

Articles and handouts associated with this webinar can be found here:


Friday, 14 September 2018 2pm–3pm ET

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