R/V Revelle returned to port in Hobart, Australia to wrap up the first leg of the National Science Foundation-sponsored project T-TIDE Feb. 3. It was an occasion worth a little celebratory dance.
The 10-week project, the Tasman Tidal Dissipation Experiment (T-TIDE), involves two U.S. research vessels, Scripps’s R/V Roger Revelle and Schmidt Ocean Institute’s R/V Falkor, and will include scientists from the U.S., Canada, and Australia. It will ultimately lead to major improvements in global climate models and an understanding of biological production concentrating nutrients for fisheries. Primary funding for the project comes from the National Science Foundation (NSF).
Scientists will deploy autonomous deep-diving gliders, install 15 deep-sea moorings and employ a number of shipboard instrument systems to search for highly-turbulent events at depths up to two miles that are predicted to occur as the incoming tide collides with the Tasmanian continental slope.