The R/V Atlantic Explorer in port at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences.
Scientists go to sea regularly to collect data and conduct research as part of the Bermuda Atlantic Time Series (BATS.)
One of the captains conducts a briefing prior to departure.
The CTD sampling device is an important component of the research. It collects measurements on conductivity, temperature and depth along with water samples.
Chief Scientist Rod Johnson, Ph.D. collects water samples once the CTD is back on deck.
Water samples are collected for a variety of research purposes.
Dennis Hansell, Ph.D. (left) with a member of the ship crew on the deck of the R/V Atlantic Explorer.
The science team retrieves sediment traps that were submerged in the ocean for three days.
The bridge of the R/V Atlantic Explorer as seen from the main deck.
Captain George Gunther (background) and a crew member assist the science operations from the bridge.
Videographer Sean Hickey captures the action on the deck.
Videographer Sean Hickey films Chief Scientist Rod Johnson, Ph.D. as he works up samples.
Changing Seas Videographers Sean Hickey and Jeremy Nicholson onboard the R/V Atlantic Explorer.
Plankton tows allow scientists to study how many and what species live at different depths.
The seas can be rough in the Atlantic in January.
When seas were rough the science and film crews took extra safety precautions while doing their jobs.
The ship crew and science team retrieving gear in rough weather.
Chief Scientist Rod Johnson, Ph.D. on the deck of the R/V Explorer.
Chief Scientist Rod Johnson, Ph.D. working up samples.
The daily science schedule was posted prominently inside the ship.
Videographer Sean Hickey and Dennis Hansell, Ph.D. in one of the labs.
Calm seas eventually returned and allowed for beautiful sunsets at sea.
The ship’s Chef and his team keep everyone well fed during science cruises.
The Changing Seas camera crew films a plankton tow at night.
Amy Maas, Ph.D. is an ecophysiologist studying zooplankton.
Chief Scientist Rod Johnson, Ph.D. prepping samples inside the radioisotope lab.
Nick Bates, Ph.D. with a machine that can measure the CO2 content in sea water very accurately.
Rod Johnson, Ph.D. studies mesoscale eddies in the Sargasso Sea.