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  Pickled Protists  -  2011  -  Knorr  
  Project Information  
Project Title: Pickled Protists or Community Uniquely Adapted to Hypersalinity Project Status: Submitted
Principal Investigator: Virginia P. Edgcomb, WHOI Project Institution: WHOI
Project ID: 102545 Version #: 1
Date Submitted: 6/17/2010 12:53:00 PM Created By: Virginia P. Edgcomb
Date Last Modified: 6/17/2010 12:53:00 PM URI Serial #: None
Funding Agencies: NSF/OCE/BIO - 0849578 - Funded
Summary of Field Work: Water and sediment sampling with ROV Jason, CTDO2 casts, Pumping sampler for water column work, (and MC800 multicorer and box corer as backup to Jason) in hypersaline basins of E. Mediterranean. Sites: 35° 16.611' N 21° 41.38' E and 34° 17.48' N 20° 00.69' E and 35° 18.29'N 21° 23.33'E
Summary of Facility Requirements: RV Knorr, ROV Jason, operations personnel for Jason to conduct sediment coring, bosun for coring operations, SSSG for CTD02 operations and Knudsen. Requesting UNOLS shared use cold van with hood. MC800 multicorer, CTD with O2 sensor and sulfide if available (will talk with Ray Schmidt about high salinity sensors), 12-place rosette with 10L bottles, science refrigerator, science freezer, -80 freezer, chemical fume hood.
Bringing Deep-SID water column sampler (used on trawl wire or can be deployed on CTD wire -- lighter than rosette)
Summary of other requirements and comments:  
Ship Request Identification
Type of Request: Primary Ship Use Request Status: Submitted
Request ID: 1003896 Created By: Virginia P. Edgcomb
Date Last Modified: 6/17/2010 12:53:00 PM Date Submitted: 6/17/2010 12:53:00 PM
Requested Ship, Operating Days and Dates
Year: 2011 Ship/Facility: Knorr
Optimum Start Date: 8/1/2011 Dates to Avoid: Many of the scientific personnel involved (myself, and international collaborators) teach starting sept. More difficult to get away sept-december.
Earliest Start Date: 6/15/2011 Multi-Ship Op: No
Latest Start Date: 12/1/2011 Other Ship(s):

Operating Days Needed: Science Days Mob Days De-Mob Days Estimated Transit Days Total Days
9 1 1 3 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:
We tried sampling sediments unsuccessfully on RV Oceanus with only the MC800 and box coreer last July 2009. In order to sample the sediments properly and hit the halocline where it impinges on the seafloor, we need Jason. Jason can approach the brine surface along the sediment bottom and then reach into the brine to sample those sediments, and can sample precisely the sediment interface (bathtub ring) where the brine/seawater interface is located. Lost time on last year's cruise meant we did not have time to finish the water column sampling, which we will also do on this cruise, and we will visit the third target basin, L'Atalante, which we intended to visit last summer (in lieu of Bannock Basin which is further away and in politically difficult waters) but ran out of time. All 3 basins are within a couple hours of each other. Hence, the one day of transit time allotted during the science work (excluding transit to the area and back). We have requested as first choice the months June through August because most of the individuals involved in the cruise (myself, and principle foreign collaborators Thorsten Stoeck from Germany, Kostas Kormas from Greece) teach during the fall term, which makes it much more difficult to get away during that time.
Work Area for Cruise
Short Description of Op Area
for use in schedules:
E. Med
Description of Op Area: Bannock Basin, Discovery Basin, and L'Atalante Basin
Op Area Size/Dia.:  
  Lat/Long Marsden Grid Navy Op Area
35.27685° N / 21.689667° E map
142 map
NA08 map
34.291333° N / 20.0115° E map
142 map
NA08 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
Piraievs, Greece None Piraievs, Greece
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: Virginia P. Edgcomb, WHOI
# in Science Party 28 # of different science teams 1 # Marine Technicians to be
provided by ship operator:
(include in science party total)
Explanation of Science Party Requirements and Technician Requirements 4 German collaborators from Stoeck lab, 4 Greek collaborators from Kormas lab,
5 WHOI personnel (C.Taylor for operating SID, Edgcomb, Bernhard, one postdoc, and one student), 5 places for other European collaborators who have supported this proposal and will enhance its scientific outcome (e.g. Yakimov and his students, and Alina Stadnitskaia from Royal NIOZ) 10 Jason personnel
Instrumentation Requirements That Impact Scheduling Decisions
Selected Dynamic PositioningUnselected ADCPSelected MultibeamUnselected Seismic
Selected 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 workSelected 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.

Fiber optic cable is for Jason ops/Traction winch. One or two elevators also required to keep Jason at depth for as long as possible

UNOLS shared use cold van with fume hood, MC800 multicorer, CTD with O2 sensor and sulfide if available, 12-place rosette with 10L bottles, science refrigerator, science freezer, -80 freezer, chemical fume hood

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)
Selected 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.
We need Jason because we need to pinpoint the "bathtub ring" where the halocline impacts the sediment surface of each basin.

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