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  Microbial carbon  -  2008  -  Atlantis  
  Project Information  
Project Title: Microbial carbon and sulfur cycling in the hydrothermally altered sediments of Guaymas Basin Project Status: Submitted
Principal Investigator: Andreas P. Teske, UNC_CH Project Institution: UNC_CH
Project ID: 100739 Version #: 3
Date Submitted: 3/16/2007 2:57:00 PM Created By: Andreas P. Teske
Date Last Modified: 6/21/2007 1:54:00 PM URI Serial #: 20060713141831FZ
Funding Agencies: NSF/OCE/BIO - 0647633 - Funded
Summary of Field Work: We are using radioactive label for in-situ and shipboard incubations to measure microbial process rates in Guaymas Basin sediment cores. While all 35S and 14C shipboard work remains limited to the rad van, the in-situ 35S incubations recovered from the seafloor will be brought to the surface as 35S-labelled sediment cores, either with ALVIN or Jason
Summary of Facility Requirements:  
Summary of other requirements and comments:  
Ship Request Identification
Type of Request: Primary Ship Use Request Status: Submitted
Request ID: 1000828 Created By: Andreas P. Teske
Date Last Modified: 6/21/2007 1:51:00 PM Date Submitted: 3/16/2007 4:11:00 PM
Requested Ship, Operating Days and Dates
Year: 2008 Ship/Facility: Atlantis
Optimum Start Date: 10/1/2008 Dates to Avoid: Change dates to accomodate German Colleagues - see below
Earliest Start Date: 1/1/2008 Multi-Ship Op: No
Latest Start Date: 12/31/2008 Other Ship(s):

Operating Days Needed: Science Days Mob Days De-Mob Days Estimated Transit Days Total Days
12 0 0 0 12
Repeating Cruise?
(within same year)
No Interval:   # of Cruises:  

Description of Repeating cruise requirements:
Justification/Explanation for ship choice, dates,
conflicts, number of days & multi-ship operations:
--- June 21: 12 days approved by NSF per L. Goad
--- Update June 18: I am requesting an increase in the science days from 10 to 12 and hope this is acceptable from a scheduling viewpoint and does not wreak havoc. Our work program and the program of our MPI collaborators has become more ambitious since we realized the potential of this cruise. The MPI is interesting in bringing in-situ devices (chemical gradient profilers; benthic chambers, planar optodes) that allow unprecedented detail in measurements of in-situ microbial process rates and geochemical gradients; all this will benefit greatly from more bottom time.
Work Area for Cruise
Short Description of Op Area
for use in schedules:
Description of Op Area:
Op Area Size/Dia.:  
  Lat/Long Marsden Grid Navy Op Area
27° N / 111° W map
84 map
NP13 map
27° N / 111° W map
84 map
NP13 map
  Show Degrees Minutes    
Foreign Clearance and Permitting Requirements
Foreign Clearance Required? Yes Coastal States:

 Important Info on Foreign Research Clearances  

Are you or any member in your science party bringing in any science equipment items which are regulated for export by the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and/or the Export Administration Regulations (EAR)?
No If yes, have you applied for the necessary permits through your export control office? No
 Questions about ITAR/EAR regulations?

Comments about foreign clearance requirements or
description of any other special permitting requirements
(e.g., MMPA, ESA, IHA, Marine Sanctuaries, etc.)
Port Calls
Requested Start Port Intermediate Port(s) Requested End Port
Guaymas, Mexico None Guaymas, Mexico
Explanation/justification for requested
ports and dates of intermediate stops
or to list additional port stops
Requested Ports: Start - Guaymas, Mazatlan, or Manzanillo/Intermediate - /End - Guaymas, Mazatlan, Manzanillo, or San Diego

 Important Info on Working in Foreign Ports

Science Party
Chief Scientist: Andreas P. Teske, UNC_CH
# in Science Party 23 # of different science teams 2 # Marine Technicians to be
provided by ship operator:
(include in science party total)
Explanation of Science Party Requirements and Technician Requirements We are trying to accomodate the time window of our German collaborators from the Max-Planck-Institute for Marine Microbiology
Instrumentation Requirements That Impact Scheduling Decisions
Unselected Dynamic PositioningUnselected ADCPSelected MultibeamUnselected Seismic
Unselected Dredging/Coring/Large Dia. Trawl WireUnselected Stern A-frameSelected Fiber Optic (.681)Unselected 0.680 Coax Wire
Unselected SCUBA DivingUnselected Radioisotope use - briefly describeUnselected NO Radioisotope use/Natural level workUnselected Other Operator Provided Inst. - Describe
1 PI-Provided Vans - briefly describe Unselected MOCNESS  
Explain Instrumentation or Capability
requirements that could affect choice
of ship in scheduling.

We need a -80C freezer for sample storage, and a contained area (radioactivity van) for work with radiotracers (35S-sulfate, 14C-methane), all of them weak beta-emitters.
--- A large minus 80C freezer for sample storage would be optimal; we will have lots of samples for molecular biology work that have to be frozen immediately. Otherwise, we can improvise with -20 chest freezers and load them with dry ice for colder temperatures.
--- For sediment sampling: If there are thermometers or thermosensors for Alvin or JASON use, we would need them for measuring the temperature gradients in hydrothermally active sediment s before coring.
--- A contained area (radioisotope van) for work with radiotracers (35S-sulfate, 14C-methane) and temporary waste storage (until end of cruise) is needed.

Major Ancillary Facilities (that require coordination of schedules with ship schedule)
Unselected Helicopter Ops (USCG)Unselected Twin OtterUnselected Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) 
Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV)
Unselected Other AUVUnselected Sentry  
Coring Facility
Unselected Jumbo Piston CoringUnselected Large Gravity Core Unselected MC800 multicorer w/ MISO camera/telemetryUnselected OSU Coring Facility (MARSSAM)
Unselected Other Large Coring FacilityUnselected WHOI Long Core  
Human Occupied Vehicle (HOV)
Selected AlvinUnselected Clelia (HBOI)Unselected JSL I & II (HBOI)Unselected Other HOV
Other Facility
Unselected MISO Facility - deep-sea imagingUnselected Other FacilityUnselected Potential Fields Pool Equipment 
Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV)
Unselected JasonSelected Other ROV  
Seismic Facility
Unselected Ocean Bottom Seismograph Instrument Center (OBSIC)Unselected Ocean Bottom Seismograph Instrument Pool (OBSIP)Unselected Ocean-Bottom Seismometer Program (UTIG)Unselected Other Seismic/OBS Facility
Unselected PASSCALUnselected Portable MCS groupUnselected Portable MCS/SCS groupUnselected U.S. Geological Survey Ocean Bottom Seismometer Facility (USGS at WHOI)
Towed Underwater Vehicle
Unselected ARGO IIUnselected Hawaii MR1 (HMRG)Unselected IMI12 (HMRG)Unselected IMI120 (HMRG - formerly DSL 120A)
Unselected IMI30 (HMRG)Unselected Other Towed Underwater VehicleUnselected Towfish 
UNOLS Van Pool
Unselected AUV Lab Van #1Unselected Clean Lab VanUnselected Cold Lab VanUnselected General Purpose Lab Van
Unselected Radioisotope Lab VanUnselected Wet Lab Van  
UNOLS Winch Pool
Unselected Mooring SpoolerUnselected Portable WinchUnselected Turn Table 
Explain Major Ancillary Facilities
Requirements and list description
and provider for "other" systems.
--- We have to look into using an ROV for in-situ sulfate reduction work using radiotracers, since radionucleotides are prohibited on ALVIN.
--- Update June 18, 2007: After consulting with our German collaborators and other ALVIN and ROV (JASON) users, it is clear that we can perform our program of sediment sampling and in-situ process measurements just as well or even better with JASON and an elevator; the advantage of more bottom time with JASON would outweigh the greater maneuverability of ALVIN. If possible, JASON and an elevator platform for transporting samples and in-situ equipment are preferred.

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