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Annie Thorp and Michael CourtneyJOIN VOLUNTEERS ANNIE THORP AND MICHAEL COURTNEY

... as they join a team of NOAA scientists and technicians aboard a cruise to the equatorial Pacific to maintain and repair buoys that collect critical data about the tropical ocean atmosphere.

This is the second year the husband-and-wife team has joined the NOAA Tropical Ocean Atmosphere team aboard the R/V Wecoma - and this time they're reporting on it as it happens, via their new blog, Buoy Tales.

You'll find links to their at-sea updates right here - or visit the blog to subscribe via e-mail or an RSS reader.

The six-week cruise left Newport March 1, 2010, and Annie and Michael blogged from shipboard as time (and Internet access) permitted. They invite comments and questions via the blog, especially from science teachers and their students, and will respond as they find time.

You can read or download  their journal of the 2009 TAO cruise, in .pdf format, here.

While you're at the Visitor Center, be sure to stop by the R/V Wecoma exhibit to learn more about the ship and see some photos from the 2009 trip.

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