PhD Candidate, University of South Florida College of Marine Science
Bio: Strictly speaking, yes, it is my first time at sea for doing marine research, as my only experience at sea for leisure was in a small boat (~3m long), and we went to a bay for 1 hour at most. I am very excited about this cruise. As the opportunity of working on such a large ship for such a long period is not always there.
Since I am a young oceanographer on the way, so in this cruise, I have lots of hopes: 1) I wish most of the days are sunny because most of our measurements require good weather condition, so that we could collect as much data at possible; 2) I hope our instruments will work out perfectly and the data we are going to collect could mean a lot to us and other groups who concern; 3) I hope I can gain lots of skills about the operation of our own field instruments and other instruments on the ship; 4) I want to learn about how to react to reduce the loss to the least, if some unexpected questions or problems occur; 5) I want to get my experience about how to coordinate with others on a ship with high efficiency; 6) I wish I could help if someone is short of hand; 6) I want to broad my own knowledge about other scientists’ research, make friends with them, and enrich my own experience.
I love marine science. In fact my passion towards marine science is ignited by one sentence of a poem when I was little, “Facing the ocean, with spring and blossoms”. With years, I feel much stronger that, I want to study the ocean, I want to know more about it, e.g., how it works, how it changes, where it will go, why it behaves like that, and how it will be in the future. Now I am a member of marine researchers, I feel very proud of that!
What I’m doing on this cruise: This cruise is dedicated to collect physical and biogeochemical parameters to help understand the ocean acidification in the Gulf of Mexico. My research on the sea will be focused on the collection of ocean color data, including both station and underway measurements, surface and profiles. After the cruises end, these data will be used to calibrate and validate the satellite data, and to study the mechanisms in their variations. In addition, these data, together with the underway surface pCO2 measurements (which is a parameter to quantify how much CO2 is dissolved in surface seawater), will be used for developing and/or validating surface pCO2 models, which will be applied to the satellite images to get synoptic estimation of surface pCO2 in the Gulf of Mexico with spatial resolution of 1 km and temporal resolution of 1 day. These synoptic pCO2 maps will be of great help to study and understand the ocean acidification in the Gulf of Mexico.