Ship Life: Working aboard R/V Sanna in Disko Bay, Greenland

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Naomi Berkowitz gives us a look through the porthole into the wider word of mapping the unexplored sea floor in Disko Bay, Greenland.

The mission was simple, or at least seemed it: to map, image, and sample the previously unexplored areas of the sea floor in Disko Bay, Greenland.

As a conservationist and science communicator, I was to help in the data collection and requisite 12-hour shifts monitoring the multibeam mapping of the Benthos. 

Greenland science expedition

We set off on a collaborative research expedition between ZSL and GINR (Greenland Institute of Natural Resources). Drs. Chris Yesson and Diana Krawczyk had worked together on a cruise before, but this was a unique opportunity for each researcher to bolster their datasets. 

But first, there were the practicalities.

Ship kitchen interior

As we soon all learned, a ship in Greenland cannot sail without a cook. The day were due to leave harbor in Illulissat, arguably the most integral member of the crew had to leave due to an emergency with his daughter. So what were we do to? On a 10-day research cruise, each day, each hour, is especially vital.

But wait we must. A new cook was due to arrive the following morning, and we eagerly tracked her journey from Southern Greenland, up through Nuuk, next to Kangerlussuaq, then on to Illulissat. 

Even we researchers need to eat!

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