CAPSTAN sea training voyage 01

Providing at-sea training to help build Australia’s future generation of marine experts.
Voyage No

IN2017_T02

14 Nov, 2017

to

26 Nov, 2017

Fremantle

to

Hobart

Chief Scientist

A/Prof Jochen Kaempf

Institution

Flinders University

Voyage summary

Transit voyage from Fremantle to Hobart to relocate the vessel in preparation for IN2017_V01. The transit will be used to support the CAPSTAN (Collaborative Australian Postgraduate Sea-training Alliance Network) sea training program.

This will be the first voyage in the three year pilot program for CAPSTAN. The program is being administered by Macquarie University and is being supported by a commitment of sea time on RV Investigator by the Marine National Facility. The voyage will give 30 postgraduate students and trainers direct experience with the equipment, systems and techniques on board a modern research vessel, as well as the opportunity to experience life at sea.

Find out more about CAPSTAN.

The study area for this voyage will be the far western Great Australian Bight, a region that is largely uncharted and has been sparely surveyed. Students will learn multidisciplinary skills in the areas of oceanography, biology, geoscience and atmospheric sciences whilst on this voyage.

The first CAPSTAN voyage includes 20 students and 10 trainers from 12 Australian universities.

Voyage blog:
Aye aye CAPSTAN! Training Australia’s next-gen marine scientists

The first CAPSTAN voyage departed from Henderson (near Fremantle), Western Australia with 29 postgraduate students and trainers on board RV Investigator. Students on this inaugural voyage will receive two weeks of valuable hands-on training with a wide range of contemporary scientific equipment used in marine research, encompassing geological, biological, oceanographic and atmospheric science.

Read more on CSIROscope
Two seabirds flying over the ocean.

Voyage outcomes

CAPSTAN offers an important contribution towards building Australia’s future generations of marine experts, and sustaining Australia's 'Blue Economy'.

In addition to educational outcomes, this voyage delivered real world research and allowed the collection of unique, multidisciplinary data from a remote Australian coastal region. These data are a valuable resource for increasing our understanding of Australia’s marine environment.

As a result of this voyage, researchers have:

  1. Provided valuable training for 20 postgraduate students (including honours students) in marine data collection and scientific research
  2. Acquired a better understanding of natural factors shaping the upper continental slope of the continental margin surrounding the Bremer Canyon
  3. Mapped, for the first time, the bathymetry of the shelf break and upper continental slope of the continental margin surrounding the Bremer Canyon
  4. Deployed four ARGO floats during this voyage. Maintaining and upgrading Australia’s fleet of ARGO floats in the oceans is an important international commitment to monitoring climate-change effects in the ocean.

CAPSTAN 2017 - Overview_Credit Marine National Facility

 

 

[Music plays and an underwater image of the ocean appears]

 

[Camera pans through the water and the image shows a piece of marine science equipment moving from the top of the screen to the bottom and text appears, Aye! Aye! CAPSTAN!]

 

[Camera zooms out until the marine science equipment disappears into the background]

 

[Image changes to show the piece of marine science equipment plunging down through the water from the top of the screen to the bottom and text appears: Collaborative Australian Post-graduate Sea Training Alliance Network]

 

[Image changes to show the Investigator moving through the ocean and the camera zooms in on the ship and text appears:  CAPSTAN is a breakthrough training program for postgrad students]

 

[Image changes to show the crew in conversation on the deck of the Investigator and text appears: …that seeks to transform how marine science education is delivered in Australia]

 

[Image changes to show a side view of the Investigator and text appears: The program gives students the opportunity to train at sea on board Investigator]

 

[Image changes to show crew members watching from the deck of the Investigator while a piece of marine science equipment is hauled back on board and text appears: an advanced research vessel that provides a platform for multidisciplinary science]

 

[Image changes to show a multi-corer plunging down through the water and text appears: Oceanographic]

 

[Image changes to show a piece of marine science equipment with rotating tubes and text appears: Atmospheric]

 

[Image changes to show a view looking into a microscope type piece of equipment and text appears: Biological]

 

[Image changes to show crew members gathered on the deck of the Investigator working with a piece of marine science equipment and text appears: Geoscience]

 

[Image changes to show crew members in conversation on the deck of the Investigator and text appears: The inaugural CAPSTAN voyaged from Fremantle to Hobart in November 2017]

 

[Image changes to show a group of students working in a room and looking through a microscope and text appears: Twenty-nine postgraduate students and trainers from 12 Australian universities participated]

 

[Image changes to show students working on the deck of the Investigator and text appears: Student received research-based training with a wide range of marine research equipment]

 

[Image changes to show a group of students donning inflatable bodysuits and text appears: and learned about living and working at sea]

 

[Image changes to show a group of students laughing and taking photographs on the deck of the ship and text appears: The voyage was described as a “once in a lifetime experience”.]

 

[Image changes to show a group of students inside the boat looking through the window with binoculars and text appears: and collected data that will contribute towards real world research.]

 

[Image changes to show a group watching through a window as a piece of marine science equipment is brought back down on to the deck by two males and text appears: CAPSTAN is supported by a network of leading university and industry partners]

 

[Image changes to show a male standing and talking on the right-hand side of a large screen and text appears: The program seeks to provide platform for institutional, industrial and generational knowledge transfer]

 

[Image changes to show water from an underwater camera and text appears: to support our nation’s growing blue economy]

 

[Image changes to show students on the deck of the Investigator and text appears: and deliver Australia’s next-gen marine scientists]

 

[Image changes to show a blue screen and Macquarie University, CSIRO and Marine National Facility logos and text appears: Individually we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean, CAPSTAN is led by Macquarie University, supported by the Marine National Facility and governed by a network of leading industry and university partners]

 

[Marine National Facility and CSIRO logos and text appears: Supporting, enabling and inspiring marine science, Owned and operated by CSIRO on behalf of Australia]

Voyage video

RV Investigator undertook its inaugural CAPSTAN voyage from Fremantle to Hobart in November 2017. Find out more about the voyage and what CAPSTAN is all about.