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  Patagonian Shelf  -  2008  -  Global  
  Project Information  
Project Title: Patagonian Shelf coccolithophores: Ecological factors regulating the southern hemisphere's largest recurring coccolithophore bloom Project Status: Submitted
Principal Investigator: William M. Balch, Bigelow Project Institution: Bigelow
Project ID: 101163 Version #: 2
Date Submitted: 7/3/2007 5:50:00 PM Created By: William M. Balch
Date Last Modified: 6/3/2008 12:01:00 PM URI Serial #: 20070702141818UK
Funding Agencies: NSF/OCE/BIO - 0728582 - Funded
Summary of Field Work: The purpose of the cruise is to study a phytoplankton bloom that regularly occurs on the Patagonian Shelf at a specific time of year. The period between 25 November to the end of December is optimal for coccolithophore blooms based on remote sensing evidence. The R/V Revelle cruise is currently scheduled from30 Nov (Motevideo, UR) to 29 December (Punta Arenas, Chile). The schedule includes 27 science days, 3 transit days for a total of 30d.
Summary of Facility Requirements: 1) We will have deck incubators with flowing surface seawater for keeping seawater samples (up to 20L) at ambient surface temperature under ambient light.
2) we will be doing isotope work with 14C thus will require a rad van (and presumably a isotope waste storage van). The 14C work that will be performed will use a technique identical to that performed on two R/V Revelle NSF Biocomplexity cruises to the Equatorial Pacific (EB04- Dec. '04; EB05- Sept. '05)
3) We will carry several tanks of CO2 for on-deck experiments to adjust seawater pH.
4) A radiometer system will be mounted on the bow of the ship for ocean irradiance measurements
5) The ship's underway system will be used for continuous sampling during ship surveys
6) A darkroom will be needed for microscopy
7) We will require a CTD with 12 x 30L bottles (silicon O-rings), also equipped with a) SBE 43 dissolved oxygen sensor, WetLabs transmissometer with 25cm path length, Seapoint Chlorophyll fluorometer, Altimeter, Benthos/DataSonics, 1-99.9 meters
8) If possible, we'd like to have nutrients run on board (Nitrate, nitrite, phosphate, silica and ammonium) pending availability of resources.
9) A trace-metal clean rosette will be brought for iron work, and will require non-conducting Kevlar cable (it is tripped remotely) wound on a separate winch..
Summary of other requirements and comments: Half-way through the cruise, we may be deploying a Slocum Glider at the Shelf break, to repeatedly sample across the bloom. This deployment is still to be confirmed but has been included in the Foreign Vessel request form. The deployment would require a zodiac or similar small vessel in order to facilitate an easy deployment and recovery, without breaking the AUV's wings.
Ship Request Identification
Type of Request: Primary Ship Use Request Status: Submitted
Request ID: 1001411 Created By: William M. Balch
Date Last Modified: 6/3/2008 12:01:00 PM Date Submitted: 7/3/2007 6:16:00 PM
Requested Ship, Operating Days and Dates
Year: 2008 Ship/Facility: Global
Optimum Start Date: 11/25/2008 Dates to Avoid:  
Earliest Start Date:   Multi-Ship Op: No
Latest Start Date: 11/25/2009 Other Ship(s):

Operating Days Needed: Science Days Mob Days De-Mob Days Estimated Transit Days Total Days
27 0 0 3 30
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:
The period between late November to the end of December is optimal for coccolithophore blooms based
on remote sensing evidence. A 2008 cruise is preferred.
Work Area for Cruise
Short Description of Op Area
for use in schedules:
Patagonia Shelf
Description of Op Area: SA3A,SA5A
Op Area Size/Dia.:  
  Lat/Long Marsden Grid Navy Op Area
41° S / 57° W map
449 map
SA03A map
53° S / 55° W map
485 map
SA05A map
  Show Degrees Minutes    
Foreign Clearance and Permitting Requirements
Foreign Clearance Required? Yes Coastal States:

Argentina, United Kingdom, Uruguay
 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
Montevideo, Uruguay None Rada Punta Arenas, Chile
Explanation/justification for requested
ports and dates of intermediate stops
or to list additional port stops
Start: Montevideo, Uraguay End: Punta Arenas, Chile

 Important Info on Working in Foreign Ports

Science Party
Chief Scientist: William M. Balch, Bigelow
# in Science Party 23 # of different science teams 8 # Marine Technicians to be
provided by ship operator:
(include in science party total)
Explanation of Science Party Requirements and Technician Requirements There will be participation by several British scientists, two from South Africa, 1-2 from Bermuda, and 1-2 from New Zealand. We will also have an REU student plus a teacher.
CTD Technician requested
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 DivingSelected Radioisotope use - briefly describeUnselected NO Radioisotope use/Natural level workUnselected Other Operator Provided Inst. - Describe
3 PI-Provided Vans - briefly describe Unselected MOCNESS  
Explain Instrumentation or Capability
requirements that could affect choice
of ship in scheduling.

We will have deck incubators for keeping 20L seawater samples at ambient surface temperature.

14C-bicarbonate will be used as a tracer to measure photosynthesis and calcification using the 14C diffusion technique. This technique is identical to that used on the R/V Revelle in the NSF Biocomplexity Cruises (Dave Nelson- chi sci; EB04 Dec 2004; EB05 Sept 2005), as approved by the Scripps Isotope committee.

As of this writing, the total number of vans on the ship would be three (rad van, waste storage van, and a flow cytometer van of Dr. Michael Sieracki (BLOS)

We will carry several tanks of CO2 for on-deck experiments to adjust seawater pH. A radiometer system will be mounted on the bow of the ship for ocean irradiance measurements. The ship's underway system will be used for
continuous sampling during ship surveys. A darkroom would be needed for microscopy.

See original STR linked above for additional equipment requirements.

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)
Selected 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.
Provided our Webb Slocum glider is ready for deployment, we may set the AUV to do continuous cross-shelf transects, about half-way through the cruise then retrieve it prior to heading into Punta Arenas. We would bring all required equipment for its deployment. The only need of the ship is to use its zodiac for deployment and recovery (much preferred for safe handling of the 52kg fish). This was included in the foreign vessel clearance request form already subitted.

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