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  Ocean Acidification  -  2011  -  Wecoma  
  Project Information  
Project Title: West Coast Ocean Acidification and Hypoxia Cruise and High-Resolution Surveys 2011/2012 Project Status: Submitted
Principal Investigator: Richard A. Feely, NOAA_PMEL Project Institution: NOAA_PMEL
Project ID: 102540 Version #: 10
Date Submitted: 6/8/2010 6:39:00 PM Created By: Paul Kunicki
Date Last Modified: 6/18/2012 4:55:00 PM URI Serial #: None
Funding Agencies: NOAA/OAR - NONE - Funded
Summary of Field Work: Characterization of the extent and magnitude of the exposure of coastal ecosystems along the U.S. West Coast to anthropogenically acidified conditions and to study linkages between acidification and hypoxia.

This work will consist of a mix of larger hydrographic cruises from Washington to southern California and smaller cruises of high-resolution hydrographic measurements to be conducted on the Oregon continental shelf off Newport using a towed package with sensor and continuous water sampling capability. The high-resolution work would be divided into 5-day surveys spread across the upwelling season to examine the evolution of hypoxic conditions and the chemical reactions linking hypoxia and acidification on the shelf during these times. The large-scale cruise will ideally be scheduled to coincide with the timing of peak hypoxia (Aug.–Sept.). This project will take place over the 2011 and 2012 calendar years.
Summary of Facility Requirements: The R/V Wecoma was used for the first West Coast Carbon cruise in 2007. While more space would be beneficial so that we could accommodate biological collaborators for a unified look at chemical and biological conditions associated with OA, we can definitely conduct all of the needed core measurements on the Wecoma, as indicated by the very successful outcome of the 2007 cruise, which resulted in papers in Science and Geophysical Research Letters and several additional papers in preparation.
Summary of other requirements and comments: This project will most directly provide data to fulfill the mandates of the Federal Ocean Acidification Research and Monitoring (FOARAM) Act of 2009, which requires NOAA to “conduct research, monitor ocean chemistry and biological impacts of ocean acidification.” However, because ocean acidification is expected to affect the health of coastal ecosystems and is inextricably linked to climate change through CO2 emissions—the top driver of both OA and climate change, a number of additional mandates (listed above in gray) will be indirectly addressed by data collection on this cruise.
Ship Request Identification
Type of Request: Primary Ship Use Request Status: Submitted
Request ID: 1003882 Created By: Paul Kunicki
Date Last Modified: 6/18/2012 4:55:00 PM Date Submitted: 6/9/2010 2:26:00 PM
Requested Ship, Operating Days and Dates
Year: 2011 Ship/Facility: Wecoma
Optimum Start Date: 4/28/2011 Dates to Avoid:  
Earliest Start Date: 4/28/2011 Multi-Ship Op: No
Latest Start Date: 5/30/2011 Other Ship(s):

Operating Days Needed: Science Days Mob Days De-Mob Days Estimated Transit Days Total Days
5 1 1 0 7
Repeating Cruise?
(within same year)
Yes Interval: May, September # of Cruises: 2

Description of Repeating cruise requirements: The high-resolution work would be divided into three 5-day surveys spread across the upwelling season to examine the evolution of hypoxic conditions and the chemical reactions linking hypoxia and acidification on the shelf during these times. The three smaller surveys need to be in May, June, and October to bracket the larger August cruise.
Justification/Explanation for ship choice, dates,
conflicts, number of days & multi-ship operations:
Work Area for Cruise
Short Description of Op Area
for use in schedules:
Oregon Shelf
Description of Op Area: Oregon Shelf along the Cascadia Margin
Op Area Size/Dia.: 100
  Lat/Long Marsden Grid Navy Op Area
45° N / 125° W map
157 map
NP09 map
45° N / 125° W map
157 map
NP09 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
Newport, OR, USA None Newport, OR, USA
Explanation/justification for requested
ports and dates of intermediate stops
or to list additional port stops

 Important Info on Working in Foreign Ports

Science Party
Chief Scientist: Richard A. Feely, NOAA_PMEL
# in Science Party 18 # of different science teams 3 # Marine Technicians to be
provided by ship operator:
(include in science party total)
Explanation of Science Party Requirements and Technician Requirements
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.

The WECOMA has been used previously for a very similar cruise and its present configuration is suitable for this expedition.

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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