An International consortium of 25 scientists from 11 different countries joined the Royal Research Ship (RRS) Discovery in Southampton, UK, on 10 October 2019 to mobilise for the 29th Atlantic Meridional Transect and Phase 2 of AMT4OceanSatFlux.
Supported by ESA, the voyage builds on the work of the first phase of the AMT4OceanSatFlux campaign in 2018 to measure the flux of carbon dioxide between the atmosphere and the ocean.
RRS Discovery has a long research history. The first vessel, RRS Discovery (III), was built in 1962 and named after Robert Falcon Scott’s 1901 ship, The Discovery. At 90 metres, she was the largest general purpose oceanographic research vessel in the UK at the time. In February 2000, the RRS Discovery sampled in some of the largest waves ever recorded (~ 29.1 metres).
In 2013, the ship was replaced by RRS Discovery (IV), which was designed by A.S. Skipsteknisk. She is fitted with world class high-tech equipment for oceanic exploration as well as multibeam equipment for mapping the seabed, and a dynamic positioning capability to enable the operation of remote vehicles. Her cranes and over-side gantries, with associated winches and wires, will allow a wide range of equipment to be deployed ...