Keeping busy

It is all so quiet, shh shh. It is all so still, shh shh. And so peacefull until … we will depart again. That kinda sums up the last few days since we are still stuck in Bantry Bay, a place that starts to feel like home. Despite the splendid green Irish country views, the…

Echoes from the Deep

Hi all, I am Thomas Mestdagh, a PhD student from the Department of Geology of Ghent University. For the second year in a row I am aboard of RV Belgica to join the team that sails out to the Porcupine Seabight. However, we are unfortunately not in the Porcupine Seabight at this moment, since we…

Deeply Stubborn

This is Robin Houthoofdt, and I am not going to bore you with my lifestory again. You can read my post from last year if you want to know more. The only change is that it’s one year of experience later. The start of this campaign did not go as easy as it should for…

The Adventures of the ROV Genesis

Hi there, welcome to today’s update on life aboard the RV Belgica. My name is Aisling Robinson and I just finished my final year as an undergraduate in NUI Galway studying Marine Science. Taking part in this survey has been a very exciting experience for me as it is unlike any I have had before.…

Knock knock… Sparky’s here!

Hi followers, today it’s my task to write a daily report on this survey. My name is Wim Versteeg and I am working for the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ). Last year I was also one of the participants of the Porcupine survey. My experience from my previous job at RCMG as seismic geophysicist was needed…

Wildlife Offshore West of Ireland

Hi dear followers! We are the biologists of the mission: Benoît Geelhand de Merxem, a master student in ‘Biology of organisms and Ecology’ and collaborator of the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (RBINS) for this mission, and Yves Laurent, a research technician working for the OD Nature of the RBINS, in the Conservation Biology…

Our (almost) yearly visit to Bantry Bay

Hi there, and welcome to today’s blogpost coming to you from RV Belgica! My name is Lotte Verweirder, and for now, I am still a geology student at Ghent University. I just finished writing my master’s thesis less than two weeks ago, so I’m nearly at the end of my studies (still have to do…

A mooring for DynaMOD

My name is Eoghan Daly and welcome to my blog post from the RV Belgica, now located in a Special Area of Conservation of the same name (The Belgica SAC). We are sitting along the Irish continental margin where the deep ocean rises to meet European shelf seas, in what proves to be a very…

Did it, or didn’t it ?

On 30 November 2018, at 17:29 UTC, a magnitude 7.0 earthquake hit South Central Alaska (see USGS Earthquake Catalog). The earthquake’s hypocenter was located at about 16 km north of Anchorage, and at a depth of 47 km. Did this earthquake produce an event deposit (i.e. turbidite) in nearby Eklutna Lake, or not ? And…