Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Before leaving the dock along the Savannah River in Savannah, GA., Greg brought everyone in the science party together so that we become acquainted with each other. Since we will be working very closely together over the next week and a half, it is important that each of us be familiar with work of others on the boat. Additionally, each scientist and their team have their own research agenda so constant communication is essential.

Scientific surveys are not always conducted in safe environments; in many cases, there can be substantial risks involved with testing hypotheses and data collection. It is important that each member aboard the R/V Nancy Foster be prepared for the unexpected. For this reason, once we left Savannah and headed for Gray's Reef, a bell rang throughout the boat signaling that it is time for two drills: man overboard and fire drills. As quickly as possible, everyone gathers their safety gear and heads to the muster station where each head is counted and gear inspected (picture to right). These drills are also important forms of communication on the ship. The ship's crew models appropriate responses while the science team practices routines in case of a real emergency situation.

No matter if you are on a ship, lab, or out in the field, communication and thorough planning are essential for a safe and successful survey.

Good evening,



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