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  MCR LTER  -  2014  -  Kilo Moana  
  Project Information  
Project Title: LTER: MCR IIB: Long Term Dynamics of a Coral Reef Ecosystem Project Status: Submitted
Principal Investigator: Russell Schmitt, UCSB Project Institution: UCSB
Project ID: 103298 Version #: 1
Date Submitted: 2/13/2012 5:47:00 PM Created By: Russell Schmitt
Date Last Modified: 6/21/2012 10:55:00 AM URI Serial #: None
Funding Agencies: NSF/OCE/BIO - 1236905 - Funded
Summary of Field Work: As a supplement to our MCR-LTER proposal we request one 20-day cruise on a UNOLS Ocean/Intermediate class vessel. This work will be used to help the MCR connect large scale oceanographic and biological properties in the South Central Pacific to patterns observed on the reefs of Moorea. Cruise tasks will include: 1) multi-beam sonar measurements to obtain high resolution bathymetry in the waters around Moorea and Tahiti; 2) CTD/ADCP profiles to obtain hydrography around the islands; 3) water column sampling of: nutrients, POC, DIC, DNA structure, distributions of zooplankton and larval fish to assess connectivity, and a full suite of microbial samples. We will also use coordinated sampling with small boats to obtain a radiative sampling grid around the islands, to link the deep and shallow water measurements. The cruise will enter the territorial waters of French Polynesia.
This project will be a collaboration between A. Alldredge (UCSB), C. Carlson (UCSB), J. Hench (Duke), J. Leichter (Scripps), and L. Washburn (UCSB).
Summary of Facility Requirements: For a successful project we require full use of the ships facilities including: XBT, CTD with Niskin bottle rosette, winch suitable for net tows, ADCPs, EM122 and EM710 multi-beam systems, flow through sea water, compressed air, full complement of bunks available for scientists, radioisotope van with hook-ups, uncontaminated seawater for in laboratory analyses, MET data, and ‘live’ internet (as available) for public outreach. We request use of small boats (RHIBs) to conduct radiative sampling transects between the ship and shallow nearshore waters.
We also request the services of the Hawaii Mapping Research Group (HMRG) staff for seafloor mapping work. Much of the area of interest is in water too shallow for the R/V Kilo Moana to safely conduct mapping, therefore we also request the full use of HMRG’s 25’ survey launch R/V Ahi, including it’s 240-kHz multibeam, POS-MV system, and Seabird CTD ( The R/V Ahi would transit to the field site in Moorea aboard the R/V Kilo Moana.
Summary of other requirements and comments:  
Ship Request Identification
Type of Request: Primary Ship Use Request Status: Submitted
Request ID: 1005206 Created By: Russell Schmitt
Date Last Modified: 2/13/2012 5:47:00 PM Date Submitted: 2/13/2012 5:47:00 PM
Requested Ship, Operating Days and Dates
Year: 2014 Ship/Facility: Kilo Moana
Optimum Start Date: 7/1/2014 Dates to Avoid: Cruise needs to be during Austral winter (June - September)
Earliest Start Date: 6/8/2014 Multi-Ship Op: No
Latest Start Date: 9/15/2014 Other Ship(s):

Operating Days Needed: Science Days Mob Days De-Mob Days Estimated Transit Days Total Days
20 2 1 0 23
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 are requesting the R/V Kilo Moana (or higher Global Class) because of it’s high berth capacity, proximity to the study site, and bathymetry mapping capability (with HMRG staff/equipment). The number of science days assumes embarkation in Papeete, French Polynesia (on Tahiti), and 10 days of dedicated bathymetry/ADCP/hydrographic mapping, plus 10 days to conduct the biological sampling. The mapping time estimate is based on a cruise track comprising of concentric laps around (and between) Moorea and Tahiti between the 50-m to 2000-m isobaths. This assumes 24-hr operations on the R/V Kilo Moana, 510 km per lap at ship speed of 10 km/hr (~ 5 days), plus 5 days total on stations for hydrocast profiling.
In parallel with the R/V Kilo Moana surveys, we plan to use the R/V Ahi to conduct shallow water multibeam bathymetry mapping between the 10-m and 200-m isobaths. For the R/V Ahi, we request 20-days of field operations (assuming 8-hrs/day and 10 km/hr survey speed). This would translate into 1 lap per day around Moorea’s approximately 60-km perimeter. Assuming a 5x water depth swath width, we expect to need about 6 laps around Moorea to obtain sufficient overlap. We also plan to use the R/V Ahi to survey the 12 reef passes on Moorea, and bays and lagoons. Once these primary objectives are met, if weather/time permits we would also survey the nearshore areas of the northwest shore of Tahiti.
The second 10-day leg will sample a grid of stations between Moorea, Tahiti and Tetiaroa for hydrographic and biological parameters. 3 mobilization days are requested: 2 on the front end to set up equipment and 1 to unload equipment and samples.
Work Area for Cruise
Short Description of Op Area
for use in schedules:
South Pacific
Description of Op Area: Our cruise will be limited to waters around Moorea, Tahiti, and Tetiaroa, French Polynesia.
Op Area Size/Dia.:  
  Lat/Long Marsden Grid Navy Op Area
17° S / 149° W map
350 map
SP02 map
17° S / 149° W map
350 map
SP02 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
Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia None Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia
Explanation/justification for requested
ports and dates of intermediate stops
or to list additional port stops
Our cruise will be limited to waters around Moorea, Tahiti, and Tetiaroa, French Polynesia.

 Important Info on Working in Foreign Ports

Science Party
Chief Scientist: Russell Schmitt, UCSB
# in Science Party 28 # of different science teams 5 # Marine Technicians to be
provided by ship operator:
(include in science party total)
Explanation of Science Party Requirements and Technician Requirements Science party includes the chief scientist, PIs from other institutions, technicians, and graduate students. It also includes two (2) sea technicians to help operate the CTD and ADCP (24 hour operations) and facilitate deck operations, one (1) sea tech to operate RHIB for our radiative grids sampling near shore, and four (4) HMRG staff to operate and process data bathymetry mapping system and maintain 24/7 watches on deep-towed vehicle.

Science teams include: A. Alldredge (UCSB), C. Carlson (UCSB), J. Hench (Duke), J. Leichter (Scripps), and L. Washburn (UCSB)
Instrumentation Requirements That Impact Scheduling Decisions
Selected Dynamic PositioningUnselected ADCPSelected MultibeamUnselected Seismic
Unselected Dredging/Coring/Large Dia. Trawl WireUnselected Stern A-frameUnselected Fiber Optic (.681)Unselected 0.680 Coax Wire
Unselected SCUBA DivingSelected 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.

Radioisoptes are requested to estimate primary production (14C DIC) and bacterial production (3H-LEU)

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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