After a lay-up of over 1 year and an extensive refit, R/V Robert D. Conrad of Lamont-Doherty Geological Observatory has left Port Everglades, Florida, bound for the Pacific Ocean off of South America. Most of the 1982 Conrad operations will be based in the Pacific, highlighted by a deep-water multichannel seismic reflection study of the Pacific Plate around Hawaii, to be conducted together with R/V Kana Keoki of the University of Hawaii. The scientific equipment on the Conrad is strongly oriented toward marine geophysical studies; however, she is also capable of carrying out limited biological, physical, and chemical oceanographic programs.
Although plans are still preliminary, the 1983 Conrad schedule includes 2 months of operations in the Mediterranean Sea during the late spring or summer. This will be the first time since 1979 that a research vessel of the U.S. Academic Fleet has conducted scientific programs in the Mediterranean Sea.