The RAPID 26°N project has been measuring the overturning circulation in the subtropical Atlantic since April 2004. The instruments required for this work are deployed on an array of moorings spanning the Atlantic from the Bahamas to Africa. Periodically the equipment needs to be serviced and the data recovered, and this has been done in a sequence of research cruises. We are currently preparing for the latest of these expeditions and will use this blog to describe our work and life on board the RRS James Cook. The blog is a personal view for our families, friends, colleagues and anyone else interested in our work.
We are scheduled to sail on 22nd April from Port of Spain, Trinidad, and the cruise finishes in early June at Santa Cruz de Tenerife in the Canary Islands. Once we have recovered all of the data we will have a 10-year record of observations of the overturning circulation, a significant milestone for our work.
We hope you can follow our posts to learn more about the RAPID 26°N project. You can also find more information at our website www.rapid.ac.uk/rapidmoc.