Saturday Jun 18th: Foggy Morning to Beautiful Afternoon

kpickDeployment, GPS Marking

Nearshore deployments
Offshore deployments 
X05a (9m), X06a (5m), A03a (6m), B08at (8m), E12a (7m) 

Deployment progress 

  • 32/32 near-shore instruments deployed
  • 38/39 offshore instruments deployed
  • 70/71 instruments deployed in total

Boats were slightly delayed at the dock this morning due to heavy fog settling in around Monterey. Eventually the fog lifted slightly and the sun peaked in just enough to get the boats out to deploy some more instruments. The boats made their way around the to the tip of the Monterey Peninsula and unlike the other days, were unable to see the shore from their deployment locations. Visibility was reduced to about 15 meters and waves were breaking out much further than normal due to increased swell activity. Divers entered the water cautiously to GPS mark the locations of the deployed ADCPs and pressure sensors while also leveling out the ADCPs using box wrenches to adjust the pipes. Divers had to deal with a lot of surge underwater and reduced visibility compared to the day before due to the larger waves stirring up more sediment in the water column. In some cases, waves even broke on top of divers as they were diving in shallow instrument locations. Eventually the fog cleared up and nearly all the offshore instruments were deployed except for one. 

Larger waves today

Fog clearing up mid-morning

With the instrument deployments almost finished, the team headed down to Garrapata State Park located in Northern Big Sur to check out the site for the ROXSI project in 2023. The Garrapata site will be more challenging logistically than Asilomar and China Rock, but provide an interesting contrast of Rocky shoreline type from that of Asilomar and China Rock.

Rocks and waves making deployments look a bit more challenging for next year

The team discussing possible deployment methods

Just one more instrument left to deploy in the large-scale array! Now to GPS the near-shore instruments and finish up the small-scale array.