Archive for the ‘Passion Puddle Observatory’ Category


Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

To call the Azores

Monday, October 20th, 2008

So here is the process to call internationally from a Rutgers phone. 

To call outside the RU campus-99

To call internationally-011

Country code for the Azores-352

Then area code and number 


So saying the number we wanted to call was area code 123 and number 456-789, the full number would be 


(The numbers in the azores only have 6 digits as opposed to our 7)


KC-Dogfish plot

Friday, October 17th, 2008

Here is a plot of the Dogfish tows, fish caught, and the weight from 1963 to 2006

More info about Azores trip.

Wednesday, October 15th, 2008



-Recieved another contact from John Wilkin, Ana Martinsfrom the University of the Azores dept. of oceanography and fisheries


-Recieved an e-mail from Raquel Toste (Hotel Manager), and replied asking about more information on lodgins, boat rental, and air travel


A more detailed map of Flores:


The airport is on the east side of the island in Santa Cruz and Tostes hotel is just north of that also on the east coast.


The next island to the east is Faial, over 150 km away so the possibility of hitting any islands if we fly the glider to the east side of Flores is slim to none.  

Evan’s Topic

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

I using and processing coastal radar data to better predict ocean currents. I will compare an older method of calculating currents to a new method and see if it is worth using operationally. This will all be used to help the coast guard in search and rescue missions. If i can predict the currents more accurately, then it will improve the chances of a successful rescue.

Matt Parker’s Topic

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

Finding trends of fisheries over the past 4 decades.

Kaycee Coleman-topic

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

My topic is to plot NAO and AMO in matlab to match up with the fisheries data

Dani Holden’s Seminar Topic

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

I am determining the relationship between storms, phytoplankton resurfacing and re-sedimentation.

Map of the Azores with Names

Monday, October 13th, 2008

Info On the Azores trip

Monday, October 13th, 2008



Azores Trip:


Important people 

     - Luis Sebatiãno - (

          Works at DSOR Lab at Insitute for Systems and Robotics- based in Lisbon

          Has contacts in FAIAL island

     -Renato Bettencourt

     -Mr. Toste

          Has contact at: Oceanography Fisheries Department of the University (at FAIAL island)

     -Dr. Ricardo Santos-(Director of department)

     - Renato Bettencourt

          Part of the staff that works with AUV and ASV operations

     - Mr. Toste 

          Not quite used to handling AUVs but a reliable and capable person (acc. L. Sabatiãno)

          Runs a hotel- see below

          Has a diving center

               -Bigger boat (RIB type) is about 7m long 

     - John Wilkin- (

          Has contact Alvaro Peliz

     -Alvaro Peliz 

          Friend of Ocean Modeling Group

          Can propose oceanographic scientists who could help with logistics on ground and at sea


Travel and Lodgings


          EWR to 

               - "Ponta Delgada" airport (at "Sao Miguel" island) -approx. $1,300-$2,200

               - "Horta" airport (at "Faial" island) -approx. $1,300-$2,600

               - "Terceira" airport (at "Terceira" island) -approx. $1,300-$2,300

          With TAP airline 


                    Then take an international flight between islands with SATA Airline


          OR BOS directly to the Azores via SATA airline

               -MUCH CHEAPER that flying TAP -$400-$500 one way


          Mr. Toste's Hotel 


               - (Portuguese) or (google translation to english)

               - Tel: +351-292590100

               - Fax: +351-292590101

               - E-mail: