C-SWOT campaign already started few days ago, and since Toulon we already sampled the Cassidaigne canyon offshore Marseille and its beautiful cliffs at sunset. We did not count working hours to sample the canyon, but lots of measurements were obtained and the view was worth it !
Now heading towards Menorca, a summary briefing is done every morning on the map to coordinate the ship path with expected oceanic eddies or fronts. Scientists progressively get used to work on a ship, but several things are of course unusual, and not the ones we could think at first.
First of all we spent lot of time watching a dozen of different display screen, most working space have 3 or 4 screens ! As shown here by a picture of Franck, our unforgettable scientific chief in Bermuda shorts, from the SHOM (Navy Oceanographic and Hydrographic Service).
Laundry room have to managed carefully to allow everyone onboard to have clean clothes, and even with 4 machines all of them are often full.
And even the time can be different : onboard L’Atalante, we shift to summer time on Sunday afternoon instead of 2 AM, unlike the rest of Europe ! It can then be tricky not to mess up with time, as measurements are labelled in Universal time (UTC), ship legal time is UTC+1, and computer connected to Internet already shifted to UTC+2.