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.
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.