OceanInsight Blog from Amy Bower

What is it like to be an oceanographer at sea who is blind?  Find out in the blog posts by Amy Bower who shares her musings at sea!

Amy Bower is a Senior Scientist in Physical Oceanography with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Woods Hole, Massachusetts.  Ms. Bower is blind and has collaborated with the science program at Perkins School for the Blind for many years.  She is gearing up for her next oceanographic expedition, which leaves the dock in Reykjavik Iceland on June 5. 

In the past, she shared her experience on the Research Vessel Knorr, which went to the Newfoundland basin to deploy sound sources and RAFOS floats, which are designed to map ocean currents over a large area.  This cruise was part of OSNAP or Overturning in the Subpolar North Atlantic Program, which is a large international program designed to measure and understand the overturning circulation in the subpolar region of the North Atlantic. 

Her posts include topics such as:

Sound sources on deck


First Good News for OSNAP Float Program!  Description of the use of sound fixing and ranging floats





Physical vs. Intellectual Ability  Exploration of how it feels to have a vision loss as chief scientist on a research expedition


Gang plank being pulled up



Oceanography and Sound  This post includes an audio recording of the sound of an acoustic mooring release being tested on the R/V Knorr.






Join Amy on her journey at:  http://web.whoi.edu/oceaninsight/

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