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  PCM-HAB GOM predict  -  2011  -  Oceanus  
  Project Information  
Project Title: PCM-HAB: Implementation of an Operational Model for Prediction of Alexandrium fundyense Blooms in the Gulf of Maine Project Status: Submitted
Principal Investigator: Dennis J. McGillicuddy, WHOI Project Institution: WHOI
Project ID: 103026 Version #: 3
Date Submitted: 8/2/2011 7:35:00 PM Created By: Bruce Keafer
Date Last Modified: 10/21/2011 11:29:00 AM URI Serial #: None
Funding Agencies: NOAA - NA11NOS4780023 - Funded
Summary of Field Work: Surveys of Alexandrium fundyense cyst abundance in the sediments are one on-going element of a multi-investigator, multi-disciplinary, NOAA-funded research program (ECOHAB-GOMTOX) studying the dynamics of toxic Alexandrium fundyense blooms in the Gulf of Maine (GOM) and the Bay of Fundy. One of the products of that research has been the formulation of biological-physical models that specifically require the cyst abundance in the sediments to be observed each Fall for computation of seasonal and synoptic forecasts of bloom severity in the overlying waters during the following spring. With this new ECOHAB project, that modeling capability is now being transitioned from research to operational mode within NOAA.

To supply the critical cyst data in Fall, 2012 for the spring 2013 computer forecasts, a total of 125 stations from Mass Bay to the Bay of Fundy will be sampled over an 11-12 day cruise. A Craib Corer will be used to collect undisturbed surface sediments. All samples will be processed onboard and brought back to the lab for later microscopic enumeration of cysts.
Summary of Facility Requirements: Several successful cyst surveys were completed in past years using either the R/V Oceanus or R/V Endeavor. R/V Endeavor is the only UNOLS vessels in the region available in Fall, 2012. Endeavor is the perfect platform for the cyst surveys with light coring operations to be done off the starboard CTD work area and heavier coring ops using USGS equipment to be done on the aft deck using either the crane or the A-Frame. No UNOLS supplied equipment will be needed other than normal CTD/rosette and routine underway hydrographic data collection.
Summary of other requirements and comments:  
Ship Request Identification
Type of Request: Primary Ship Use Request Status: Submitted
Request ID: 1004730 Created By: Bruce Keafer
Date Last Modified: 10/21/2011 11:29:00 AM Date Submitted: 8/2/2011 7:35:00 PM
Requested Ship, Operating Days and Dates
Year: 2011 Ship/Facility: Oceanus
Optimum Start Date: 10/17/2011 Dates to Avoid:  
Earliest Start Date: 10/17/2011 Multi-Ship Op: No
Latest Start Date: 10/18/2011 Other Ship(s):

Operating Days Needed: Science Days Mob Days De-Mob Days Estimated Transit Days Total Days
11 2 1 0 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:
already scheduled with WHOI port office - Oceanus is the only regional boat available during late October period and capable of doing the job. All previous cyst surveys have been in the mid-late October period sampling window. That time is the preferred since the cysts have settled to the bottom from the spring/summer blooms. Later sampling periods are subject to deteriorating weather conditions in the northeast which affect coring operations.

One extra day may be requested (and paid for) by USGS (Woods Hole) - Brad Butman. Thus the science days could be extended from the 11 days requested here to 12 days total if USGS participates.
Work Area for Cruise
Short Description of Op Area
for use in schedules:
Description of Op Area: Gulf of Maine coastal waters including the Bay of Fundy;

southwestern most coordinate (Massachusetts Bay - USA) 42o 00.0’ 70o 30.0’
southeastern most coordinate (east of Cape Cod) 41o 30.0’, 69o 00.0’
northeastern most coordinate (Bay of Fundy – Canadian waters) 45o 00.0’ 65o 30.0’
most offshore coordinate (central Gulf of Maine-Canadian waters) 43o 00.0’ 66o 40.0’
Op Area Size/Dia.: 10000 nm
  Lat/Long Marsden Grid Navy Op Area
42° N / 70.5° W map
152 map
NA06 map
42° N / 70.5° W map
152 map
NA06 map
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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
Woods Hole, MA, USA None Woods Hole, MA, 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: Bruce Keafer, WHOI
# in Science Party 15 # of different science teams 2 # Marine Technicians to be
provided by ship operator:
(include in science party total)
Explanation of Science Party Requirements and Technician Requirements Standard WHOI SSSG tech for communications and CTD operations
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
1 PI-Provided Vans - briefly describe Unselected MOCNESS  
Explain Instrumentation or Capability
requirements that could affect choice
of ship in scheduling.

Sleeping van may be needed for additional personnel. Scientific Sampling Equipment will be user supplied.

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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