Welcome to the web site for Sediment and Solute Transport on Rivers and Margins (SSTORM) Research Group! Reide Corbett and J.P. Walsh from East Carolina University and the UNC Coastal Studies Institute lead the team.
Check out our research in/on wetlands, estuaries, barrier islands, shelves and groundwater.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Trains, planes, automobiles…

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

It seems like we used about every mode of transportation available to actually get our scientific crew to Auckland and ultimately aboard the R/V Kaharoa.  It was Monday evening when most (not all, Julia and Joey will meet us in Gisborne) of the WISE ASS (Waipaoa Investigation of Sediment Energetics And Shelf Sedimentation) group finally met for the first science meeting of the cruise.  Plans were set for the next day, meeting the ship, loading, and ultimately setting sail.  We had hoped to leave Auckland mid-day to get to our study area in time to retrieve one or two tripods before sunset.  That turned out to be impossible based on the logistics of loading the Kaharoa, getting needed supplies, and making sure the CTD is operational.  Like any oceanographic cruise, you have to be flexible, work with the hand that is dealt.  We will work it out, make sure we leave with everything we need!  It certainly looks like we have a very capable ship and crew to do the job!


The R/V Kaharoa was berthed at Queens Wharf in downtown Auckland.  A city of about 3 million known for its sailing.  Apparently the water front had a significant facelift prior to the 2000 America's Cup.  It is a nice water front!  In fact, we saw an incredible rainbow just as we were loading our gear.  We also had an impressive sloop tied up near us…~150 sailboat made for cruising the seven seas…comfortably!  I imagine sitting in the hot tub on the bow tucked in a quiet cove of a deserted island would be a nice way to spend an evening.  I took a lot of pictures so I can start building my own. Finally, after several hours of loading and prep work, we tossed our lines and left the city to our stern.  What a view…Auckland seemed to get prettier as we steamed away at sunset.  Let the real fun begin…

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