Our upcoming research cruise is a short one. Just four days (including time steaming to/from station). We’ve asked for four sampling casts during this time. Normally, one cast every 24 hours is par for the course, but then we normally sample at the same time every day. Alas, we can’t do this this time, since we’ll be transiting the harbor during normal sampling time on days 1 and 4 and won’t be able to get water as usual.
Generally once I get the water I get my experiment running ASAP, then monitor it every 2-4 hours for 18-20 hours. This makes for somewhat interrupted nights, but I can usually manage to get a reasonable amount of sleep every day.
But again, this time our water cast on day 1 is late and the one on day 4 is substantially early. This means that my experiments will be overlapping by quite a bit, which means that I’ll be doing more or less continuous monitoring (first on experiment 1, then 2, then 1 again, then 2 again) for two long stretches. This also means I’m going to get a grand total of 2 hours of sleep on the last night. Ah, the things we do in the name of science!!