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  GOM whale ecology  -  2012  -  Endeavor  
  Project Information  
Project Title: Environmental Influences on Diel Calling Behavior in Baleen Whales Project Status: Submitted
Principal Investigator: Mark F. Baumgartner, WHOI Project Institution: WHOI
Project ID: 103341 Version #: 1
Date Submitted: 3/14/2012 1:20:00 PM Created By: Mark F. Baumgartner
Date Last Modified: 3/14/2012 1:20:00 PM URI Serial #: None
Funding Agencies: NAVY/ONR - N000141210208 - Funded
Summary of Field Work: Two Webb electric gliders equipped with whale acoustic detection instrumentation will be deployed in the central Gulf of Maine during mid-November 2012. The gliders are capable of detecting, classifying, and remotely reporting baleen whale calls to a shore-side computer, and they will survey an area to the west of Jordan Basin where right, humpback, and fin whales are abundant during the late fall and early winter. The objective of the Endeavor cruise is to sample zooplankton in the vicinity of whales in this area to determine on what these whales are feeding, so the ship will rendezvous with the gliders approximately 2 weeks after they are deployed. Since we expect sighting conditions to be quite poor, we will rely on the gliders to direct the ship to areas occupied by whales. Once in these areas, the ship will sample the water column with two systems: (1) a vertical profiling instrument package consisting of a CTD, fluorometer, 1-MHz ADCP, optical plankton counter, and video plankton recorder (provided by the PI), and (2) a 1 m^2 MOCNESS (supplied by the ship if available). Sampling will be conducted during both day and night, and because we expect the weather window to be relatively small due to late fall storms, we anticipate conducting 24-hour operations when we are able to work. We will conduct very limited sighting surveys if conditions allow, but we will only use hand-held binoculars for this (no mounted “big-eye” binoculars will be used). We do not plan at this time to recover the gliders from the Endeavor unless there are problems with the vehicles. They will be recovered later in December.
Summary of Facility Requirements: We would like to use the Endeavor 1 m^2 MOCNESS if available. If this is not available, we will attempt to borrow locate and use a WHOI MOCNESS.

The profiling instrument package requires a conducting sea cable with at least 3 internal conductors since both the CTD and optical plankton counter telemeter data from the instruments to top-side computers via the sea cable. Likewise, the MOCNESS requires a conducting cable to telemeter data from the underwater unit to a top-side computer.
Summary of other requirements and comments:  
Ship Request Identification
Type of Request: Primary Ship Use Request Status: Submitted
Request ID: 1005288 Created By: Mark F. Baumgartner
Date Last Modified: 3/14/2012 1:20:00 PM Date Submitted: 3/14/2012 1:20:00 PM
Requested Ship, Operating Days and Dates
Year: 2012 Ship/Facility: Endeavor
Optimum Start Date: 11/28/2012 Dates to Avoid: Avoid Thanksgiving weekend and Monday after Thanksgiving
Earliest Start Date: 11/27/2012 Multi-Ship Op: No
Latest Start Date: 11/30/2012 Other Ship(s):

Operating Days Needed: Science Days Mob Days De-Mob Days Estimated Transit Days Total Days
7 1 1 2 11
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:
Work Area for Cruise
Short Description of Op Area
for use in schedules:
Gulf of Maine
Description of Op Area: The "Outer Fall" area to the west of southern Jordan Basin
Op Area Size/Dia.: 40x40 miles
  Lat/Long Marsden Grid Navy Op Area
43° N / 69° W map
151 map
NA06 map
43.5° N / 68° W map
151 map
NA06 map
  Show Degrees Minutes    
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
Narragansett, RI, USA None Narragansett, RI, USA
Explanation/justification for requested
ports and dates of intermediate stops
or to list additional port stops
Start/end port in Woods Hole would be great, but I imagine this will cost more; if so, we will start/end in Narragansett, RI.

 Important Info on Working in Foreign Ports

Science Party
Chief Scientist: Mark F. Baumgartner, WHOI
# in Science Party 7 # 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 We will bring enough people to stand two primary watches to allow 24-hour operations. A single technician to assist with the sea cable setup and maintenance will be needed.
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.

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 imagingSelected 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.
The Endeavor used to have a MOCNESS available for use. If this is still available, we would like to use it. If not, we will procure one from WHOI.

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