University of Hawai'i's Sea Grant videos highlight the EXPORTS campaign

Learn more about EXPORTS — NASA and the National Science Foundations’ epic research project to study the ocean’s carbon cycle, so that information from satellites can make more accurate predictions of global climate change.

May 28, 2019

Episode 4: On Board The Sally Ride

We're in Seattle talking to scientists as they prepare to depart on the first leg of the EXPORTS research cruise to the northeastern Pacific ocean. EXPORTS is a revolutionary scientific undertaking by NASA and the National Science Foundation to understand the carbon cycle and the fate of carbon in the deep ocean in order to predict future climate conditions. Planning for the expedition has been going on for over a decade to coordinate 100s of scientists, satellites, remote underwater vehicles, and two research vessels. We talk to researchers about tracing carbon and the use of color and light in understanding the flow of carbon through the marine food web. We also learn a bit about what it’s like to spend a month at sea—living aboard the Sally Ride.

Episode 5: On Board The Roger Revelle

We start off on board the Research Vessel Roger Revelle as it, and the Research Vessel Sally Ride, prepare to head to the northeastern Pacific Ocean, with their cargo of scientists and technology. Ivona Cetinić, from the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, talks about the value of satellites in understanding the ocean. We tour the wet lab with University of Hawai‘i Oceanographer Brian Popp. We talk with marine biologist Craig Carlson about tiny microbes like bacteria—and their importance to the movement of carbon through the ocean food web. UCSB Postdoctoral researcher, Brandon Stephens, shows us a shipping container used as a laboratory for radioactive work. We learn how scientist Joe Cope sorts, identifies, and measures zooplankton collected from nets towed behind the research ship. Bruce Appelgate from Scripps Institution of Oceanography explains the role of ships in studying the ocean. And, the chief scientist for this cruise, Debbie Steinberg, talks about why NASA is engaging researchers in combining satellite data with ship-based measurements of the ocean.

Segment 2 features PI Craig Carlson and Post-doc Brandon Stephens!