While the R/V Atlantis was docked in St. Petersburg, Lisa Robbins toured the vessel to become familiar with the facilities. The Atlantis has been in service since 1997 for the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute and is named for the first WHOI research vessel Atlantis (1931-1966). The now retired space shuttle Atlantis is also named after the early WHOI Atlantis. In fact, five out of six of the space shuttles were named after oceanographic research vessels.
The Atlantis has a crew of thirty-six and can carry a scientific party of twenty-four for each cruise. The ship is outfitted with six labs, three winches, three cranes, and a wide variety of the latest scientific equipment.
In addition to the standard ocean research capabilities of Atlantis, it has a hangar that was especially made to house the most famous and widely used submersible in all of oceanography, Alvin. In service since the 1960’s, Alvin has explored parts of all of the Earth’s oceans revealing new discoveries with every dive. The submersible was also the first to explore the final resting place of the RMS Titanic.
The USGS Ocean Acidification Team began packing in June for the arrival of the R/V Atlantis to St. Petersburg, Florida. The team packed all supplies, laboratory equipment, and computers to be loaded and stored on the R/V Atlantis for the September Davis Strait/Arctic Circle Cruise.
After being in the Gulf of Mexico for scientific research, the R/V Atlantis arrived in St. Petersburg, Florida the weekend of June 27th, 2015, for a stop-over before it headed back to home port in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. After that, the next stop is Greenland to pick up the scientists.
Below is a video made by the Florida Institute of Oceanography when the R/V Atlantis was in port at St. Petersburg, Florida in June 2015.
On September 1, 2015, the USGS Ocean Acidification Team of Dr. Lisa Robbins (USGS) and Dr. Jonathan Wynn (University of South Florida) will leave the United States for Nuuk, Greenland to board the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute R/V Atlantis. They will travel to Reykjavik, Iceland, and then on to Nuuk to meet the R/V Atlantis for boarding. In collaboration with Canadian scientists from Bedford Institute of Oceanography, the team will be collecting seawater samples at various depths across the Davis Strait and Baffin Bay to collect ocean acidification data for this region in the Arctic Circle.