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  International Polar  -  2008  -  Knorr  
  Project Information  
Project Title: International Polar Year (IPY) - International Chemistry Experiment in the Arctic LOwer Troposphere (ICEALOT) - 2008 Project Status: Submitted
Principal Investigator: Tim Bates, NOAA_PMEL Project Institution: NOAA_PMEL
Project ID: 101107 Version #: 1
Date Submitted: 5/8/2007 7:43:00 PM Created By: Tim Bates
Date Last Modified: 2/17/2009 10:49:00 AM URI Serial #: 20070409210639RL
Funding Agencies: NOAA - NONE - Funded
Summary of Field Work: International Polar Year (IPY). This NOAA study will be a part of IPY, organized by the International Council for Science (ICSU). IPY is envisioned to be an intense, international campaign of coordinated polar observations and analysis; it will be bipolar in focus, multidisciplinary in scope, and truly international in participation. The vision is for researchers from many nations to work together to gain integrated insights into planetary processes, targeted at exploring and increasing our understanding of the polar regions and their role in the global system. IPY will constitute a major FY 2008 emphasis of NOAA's Atmospheric Constituents and Climate Project. NOAA and its international partners are planning an expanded study of the Arctic, to improve the simulation of the radiative forcing of climate change by lower-atmosphere ozone and aerosol particle processes during periods of Arctic Haze. This field campaign will target transport of anthropogenic pollution (in particular from Eurasia) to the Arctic, and explore how it contributes to the build-up of the Arctic Haze and interactions with boundary layer processes such as halogen formation and deposition to ice/snow. The campaign will also investigate transport of air masses out of the Arctic, in order to understand how chemical processing in the Arctic influences the composition of the global atmosphere (e.g. springtime ozone maximum). NOAA will use R/V KNORR in combination with ground sites and airborne platforms to determine how the transport and transformation of gaseous and aerosol chemical species influence climate forcing. These observations will be paired with diagnostic chemical, meteorological, and radiative models to assess and improve the forecasting and prediction tools. The general cruise plan (~46 days) is as follows: Starting port – WHOI, Massachusetts. - 24 to 48 hours of operations in Boston Harbor, collecting data to compare with 2002-04 New England Air Quality Studies (NEAQS) field campaigns. - Nine day transit with underway measurements to Iceland. - Port stop in Reykjavik, Iceland (3-4 days). - Four weeks in Greenland, Norwegian, and Barents Seas, participating in IPY measurements of Arctic haze, tropospheric ozone depletion, and snow photochemistry. - Transit to ending port (Tromso, Norway or Reykjavik, Iceland), 3-4 days. NOAA Funding for this project is pending congressional approval of FY08 appropriations, and NOAA/OAR approval of a prioritized allocation plan for FY08 charter funds. The funding for this project will come from NOAA's Climate Program Office (CPO) and charter funds in NOAA’s Marine Services FY08 budget. Estimated funds pending for ship time to support this project are $1.4 million.
Summary of Facility Requirements: The March-April 2008 time period is required in order to capture the high pollution/haze events before the breakup of the Arctic Haze season, and to correlate with the annual schedule of IPY program work. Piggyback operations &/or paired schedule in support of STR# 20060307125137TF (Lee, APL) may be considered to optimize geographic deployment of KNORR, and to economize on the ship time costs for both programs. Specifically, some portion of the transit to Iceland might be shared between the two projects.
Summary of other requirements and comments: Shipboard sampling of atmospheric gases and aerosols is challenging, and requires significant space for sampling operations near the bow of the ship, to limit/eliminate sources of sample contamination. The measurements needed for this project require four 20’ sea containers, two smaller ISO containers, and a sampling tower mounted on the forward O-2 deck of KNORR. A contract for design of above-deck foundation frames to accommodate this load aboard KNORR in the required configuration has been developed and is currently underway. Space on the ship's afterdecks is also required for additional containers housing the ESRL/CSD lidars, the ESRL/PSD cloud radar, and the PMEL clean chemistry laboratory, as well as other utility/storage containers. A small UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) may also be included in the mission plan, and will involve a shipboard launch/recovery system currently under development. All vans are program-supplied (no UNOLS "pool" vans required). As a primarily atmospheric research cruise, conventional water-column oceanographic operations (e.g. CTDs) are not included, or required (but may be, if piggyback support of STR#20060307125137TF is added for inclusion on the transit to Iceland).
Ship Request Identification
Type of Request: Primary Ship Use Request Status: Submitted
Request ID: 1001312 Created By: Tim Bates
Date Last Modified: 5/17/2007 7:57:00 PM Date Submitted: 5/8/2007 8:43:00 PM
Requested Ship, Operating Days and Dates
Year: 2008 Ship/Facility: Knorr
Optimum Start Date: 3/15/2008 Dates to Avoid:  
Earliest Start Date: 3/15/2008 Multi-Ship Op: No
Latest Start Date: 3/15/2008 Other Ship(s):

Operating Days Needed: Science Days Mob Days De-Mob Days Estimated Transit Days Total Days
46 0 0 0 46
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:
Optimum date: 3/15-4/30 / Alternate date: TBD
Work Area for Cruise
Short Description of Op Area
for use in schedules:
Barents Sea
Description of Op Area: Greenland, Norweigan, and Barents Seas
Transit from WHOI via Reykjavik
Op Area Size/Dia.:  
  Lat/Long Marsden Grid Navy Op Area
AR01 map
NA02 map
Foreign Clearance and Permitting Requirements
Foreign Clearance Required? Yes Coastal States:

Canada, Denmark, Greenland, Russian Federation, Iceland, Norway
 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
Woods Hole, MA, USA Reykjavik, Iceland Tromso, Norway
Explanation/justification for requested
ports and dates of intermediate stops
or to list additional port stops
Requested Ports: Start - WHOI/Intermediate - Reykjavik/End - Tromso/Reykjavik

 Important Info on Working in Foreign Ports

Science Party
Chief Scientist: Tim Bates, NOAA_PMEL
# in Science Party 30 # of different science teams 4 # Marine Technicians to be
provided by ship operator:
(include in science party total)
Explanation of Science Party Requirements and Technician Requirements Nbr Scientists: 25-30, 4-5 science teams
Instrumentation Requirements That Impact Scheduling Decisions
Unselected Dynamic PositioningUnselected ADCPUnselected MultibeamUnselected Seismic
Unselected Dredging/Coring/Large Dia. Trawl WireUnselected Stern A-frameUnselected 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
10 PI-Provided Vans - briefly describe Unselected MOCNESS  
Explain Instrumentation or Capability
requirements that could affect choice
of ship in scheduling.

Multiple (10+) atmospheric laboratory vans (program-supplied, various sizes) to be staged on upper weather decks.

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)
Unselected 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 JasonUnselected 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.

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