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  WarmPool Survey  -  2012  -  Thomas G. Thompson  
  Project Information  
Project Title: Site survey and coring of potential IODP drill sites in the Western Pacific Warm Pool Project Status: Submitted
Principal Investigator: Yair Rosenthal, Rutgers_IMCS Project Institution: Rutgers EPS
Project ID: 102868 Version #: 1
Date Submitted: 2/14/2011 11:10:00 AM Created By: Gregory Mountain
Date Last Modified: 11/7/2012 7:16:00 AM URI Serial #: None
Funding Agencies: NSF/OCE/MGG - 1131371 - Funded
NSF/OCE/ODP - 1131371 - Funded
Summary of Field Work: We propose a 26-day site survey and coring cruise to 7 sites in the western equatorial Pacific in support of a pending and future IODP drilling proposals. The locations, compositon and accumulation rates of sediments in all these locations will provide new high-resolution records and very likely provide valuable insight into the role of the tropics in affecting and being influenced by global climate. We will utilize the R/V Thompson's capabilities (or any other available ship with built in compressor) to collect Simrad EM300 swathbathymetry and BATHY-2000 3.5 KHz sub-bottom profiles in locating coring sites. In addition, seismic reflection profiles will be collected with the Scripps portable seismic system to provide opportunities for later drilling. In keeping with the Guidelines of the IODP Site Survey Panel each target area will be surveyed with 48-channel 'high-resolution' MCS profiles. We will use a combination of multi, gravity and piston corers to collect sediment cores. Assuming that R/V Thompson is available, the cruise will depart from Guam and end up in Davao City, Philippines.
Summary of Facility Requirements: We will require: (a) 3.5 kHz profiler; (b) swathbathymetry; (c) high-resolution MCS profiling; (d) coring to collect piston, giant gravity and muli-core samples; (e) shipboard MCS compressor; (f) 440 VAC 30 amp power for the MCS hydraulic pump.
Summary of other requirements and comments: We request the hi-res MCS be provided by Scripps that in communication with Lee Ellett will comprise: (a) 600-m, 48-channel digital oil-filled streamer; (b) depth controlling 'birds'; (c) appropriate towing cables, deck leaders and winch for the streamer; (d) two GI airguns plus spares configured in 45/45 mode tethered to floats to control towing depth; (e) hydraulic power for MCS winches; (f) shot control system; (g) recording system; (h) monitoring/QC playback capability; and (i) two SIO personnel to oversee deployment, recovery and maintenance of the siesmic acquisition and recording system.
Ship Request Identification
Type of Request: Primary Ship Use Request Status: Submitted
Request ID: 1004433 Created By: Gregory Mountain
Date Last Modified: 2/14/2011 11:10:00 AM Date Submitted: 2/14/2011 11:10:00 AM
Requested Ship, Operating Days and Dates
Year: 2012 Ship/Facility: Thomas G. Thompson
Optimum Start Date: 1/10/2012 Dates to Avoid:  
Earliest Start Date: 6/1/2011 Multi-Ship Op: No
Latest Start Date: 2/15/2012 Other Ship(s):

Operating Days Needed: Science Days Mob Days De-Mob Days Estimated Transit Days Total Days
15 2 1 11 29
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 need a ship with compressor available for the SIO HiRes MCS system and deck space for deploying the gear. We also need 3.5kHz profiling, swath bathymetry and coring capability for collecting piston, giant gravity and multicores.
Work Area for Cruise
Short Description of Op Area
for use in schedules:
Western Pacific
Description of Op Area: Three sites are in low-sedimentation rate areas on the Carolina Ridge and Eauripik Rise (~8°N to 2°N ~142°E), which are covered by ~300 m of pelagic sediments. Two sites are on the northern and southern margins of Manus Island and contain well-layered, carbonate-rich hemipelagic sediments. The sixth site is near the Sepic River estuary of Papua New Guinea. We anticipate that good coring sites will be found in depositional areas protected from the strong coastal currents known in this region. This will require a longer survey time than at the other sites to find appropriate coring and potential drilling sites.
Op Area Size/Dia.:  
  Lat/Long Marsden Grid Navy Op Area
8° N / 135° E map
23 map
NP10 map
5° N / 125° E map
24 map
NP10 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
Apra Harbor, Guam None Davao, Philippines
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: Yair Rosenthal, Rutgers_IMCS
# in Science Party 12 # 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 2 SIO techs to manage the deployment, recovery and maintenance of the SIO HiRes MCS system
Instrumentation Requirements That Impact Scheduling Decisions
Unselected Dynamic PositioningUnselected ADCPSelected MultibeamSelected Seismic
Selected 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
2 PI-Provided Vans - briefly describe Unselected MOCNESS  
Explain Instrumentation or Capability
requirements that could affect choice
of ship in scheduling.

The SIO MCS system is transported in 2 20' containers; I don't know if they will be left at the port of departure or placed onboard the ship.

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 CoringSelected Large Gravity Core Unselected MC800 multicorer w/ MISO camera/telemetrySelected 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 groupSelected 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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