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  turbulence imaging  -  2011  -  F. G. Walton Smith  
  Project Information  
Project Title: Increasing EO Imaging Resolution in Underwater Environments via Adaptive Coherent Integration Project Status: Submitted
Principal Investigator: Weilin Hou, NRL_SSC Project Institution: NRL_SSC
Project ID: 102516 Version #: 2
Date Submitted: 6/3/2010 1:00:00 PM Created By: Weilin Hou
Date Last Modified: 6/3/2010 3:22:00 PM URI Serial #: None
Funding Agencies: NAVY/NRL - UW-782-016 (NRL JON 6369) - Funded
Summary of Field Work:  
Summary of Facility Requirements:  
Summary of other requirements and comments:  
Ship Request Identification
Type of Request: Primary Ship Use Request Status: Submitted
Request ID: 1003840 Created By: Weilin Hou
Date Last Modified: 6/3/2010 3:22:00 PM Date Submitted: 6/3/2010 1:00:00 PM
Requested Ship, Operating Days and Dates
Year: 2011 Ship/Facility: F. G. Walton Smith
Optimum Start Date: 6/1/2011 Dates to Avoid:  
Earliest Start Date: 6/1/2011 Multi-Ship Op: No
Latest Start Date: 6/30/2011 Other Ship(s):

Operating Days Needed: Science Days Mob Days De-Mob Days Estimated Transit Days Total Days
12 0 0 2 14
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:
12 science days are needed in order to carry out experiments to measure the impact on different imaging systems, physical and optical properties of the environments. The exercise requires clean and somewhat turbid oceanic waters with strong stratification in temperature and/or salinity in the surface layer (less than 100m). A frame roughly 2 by 2 by 16' and weighs less than 400lbs will be deployed, along with other packages which might include a Slocum glider, a vertical microstructure profiler, IOP (optical) packages, and multiple laser imaging systems. The stability of the vessel is an important factor. We will consider other regional vessels as backup, which will likely result in increased cost. Dr. Weidemann is willing to share the cost (up to $140k), by combining his field exercise related to optical thin layers (NRL JON 6289).
Work Area for Cruise
Short Description of Op Area
for use in schedules:
Description of Op Area: Clean/clear water area (beam c @green <0.4), with stratification in temperature and/or salinity structure. The depth of the operational area is not a deciding factor so long the above conditions are met.
Op Area Size/Dia.: 200
  Lat/Long Marsden Grid Navy Op Area
24.3° N / 77.2° W map
80 map
NA09 map
24.8° N / 77.7° W map
80 map
NA09 map
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Foreign Clearance and Permitting Requirements
Foreign Clearance Required? No 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
Miami, FL, USA None None
Explanation/justification for requested
ports and dates of intermediate stops
or to list additional port stops
We might dock at AUTEC or nearby ports.

 Important Info on Working in Foreign Ports

Science Party
Chief Scientist: Weilin Hou, NRL_SSC
# in Science Party 10 # 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 The estimated science party is 12~14 which includes 4 technician for instrument maintenance and deployment from 4 different science teams: NRL, DRD Canada, HBOI and Wetlabs.
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
0 PI-Provided Vans - briefly describe Unselected MOCNESS  
Explain Instrumentation or Capability
requirements that could affect choice
of ship in scheduling.

300kHz ADCP is highly desired

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.
Frame and/or winch is needed for deployment.

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