The OceanoScientific® Campaign – ARCTIC MISSION 2012 run by the consortium SailingOne, SubCtech (Germany), IFREMER and Météo-France, with the support of the Veolia Environment Foundation and the ROSS Association, is since the 22 May in its second stage. Christophe Chaumont (SailingOne) has indeed joined the arctic expedition schooner La Louise in Nuuk (capital of Greenland) in order to carry out mechanical and computer controls after three months of operation of the OceanoScientific® System on board.
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In a real arctic atmosphere, the expedition schooner La Louise leaves on 22 May the Bay of Nuuk (Greenland) for the second stage of the OceanoScientific® Campaign – ARCTIC MISSION 2012. Photo SailingOne
New functioning record for the OceanoScientific® System (Version 2.0) on board La Louise, the arctic expedition schooner mastered by Thierry Dubois. The OSC System has indeed worked non-stop during 95 days. It is about the equivalent in time of a direct round-the-world yacht race, that is to say nearly the longest period previewed between two stops, two maintenance operations (departure - arrival). Let us note that this version of the prototype of the OceanoScientific® System collects indeed quality scientific data of twelve parameters worked out by the scientists. The data selected by the scientists are automatically transmitted by satellite to the platforms of the international scientific community.
IFREMER, through Fabienne Gaillard (Scientist at the Ocean Physics Laboratory / Ocean Physics research director of the OceanoScientific® Programme) declared being “satisfied with the performance of the OSC System. The collected data are going to enrich our data bases, for the using in operational oceanography as well as for climate studies”. Jean-Baptiste Cohuet (Head of the OCE Unit - Division of OCEan observing systems for Météo-France) precised: “The monitoring of the meteorological data received every hour specifies that the observations of La Louise are quality ones, in accordance with reference models. This information can be used to enrich meteorological forecasts”.
La Louise keeps one sailing in the area of Nuuk until the end of May. On 1 June, she will set off to the North, destination Disko Bay. Then, once the arctic zone will be navigable for a sailing boat, a priori at the beginning of August, the crew will keep a northerly direction into Baffin Bay. The OceanoScientific® Campaign – ARCTIC MISSION 2012 will enter in its 3rd stage, in a zone subject to little or no scientific exploration at the ocean-atmosphere interface, where the OceanoScientific® System proceeds with more and more efficiency over the months.
Christophe Chaumont (SailingOne) has used the opportunity of La Louise’ call in Nuuk (Greenland) to work on mechanical and computer maintenance of the OceanoScientific® System – Version 2 after 95 days of operation. Photo SailingOne