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Greetings From The Southern Ocean We Departed

Greetings from the Southern Ocean!

We departed from Hobart, Tasmania in mid-January and are out for a seven week research cruise on board CSIRO’s R/V Investigator, headed towards Antarctica. Here we are launching a weather balloon from the aft of the ship as part of the Southern Ocean Clouds, Radiation, Aerosol Transport Experimental Study (SOCRATES). We are collecting shipborne cloud, wind, and aerosol data to be used in conjunction with airborne observations from the NSF/NCAR HIAPER GV research aircraft.

We’re also enjoying seeing icebergs and whales!Cheers,Isabel Suhr, NCAR Earth Observing LaboratoryPhoto by Jay Mace, University of Utah