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  SeepC REVISED 12/12  -  2014  -  Knorr  
  Project Information  
Project Title: Collaborative Research: Connectivity in western Atlantic seep populations:
Oceanographic and life-history processes underlying genetic structure
Project Status: Submitted
Principal Investigator: Cindy L. Van Dover, DUML Project Institution: DUML
Project ID: 103725 Version #: 2
Date Submitted: 12/29/2012 11:50:00 AM Created By: Cindy L. Van Dover
Date Last Modified: 1/8/2013 3:52:00 PM URI Serial #: None
Funding Agencies: NSF/OCE/BIO - OCE-1031050 - Funded
Summary of Field Work: Characterization of hydrography, larval abundance and distributions, and population genetics of seeps in the intra-American sea to determine processes and dynamics of connectivity.

This work includes mooring deployments of 1-year duration at seep sites located the Gulf of Mexico and at Blake Ridge on the Atlantic shelf off the east coast of the United States. We plan to sample benthos at seeps sites (including new seeps located off Nantucket and Virginia) for reproductive biology and genetic analysis using Jason and we will sample the water column at the seep sites with a MOCNESS system. We plan to map seep sites in the Gulf of Mexico with Sentry.
Summary of Facility Requirements: We will need Jason for benthic sampling (Alvin would be ok, but we prefer Jason), a MOCNESS system (with tech) for pelagic samplingand Sentry for mapping.
Summary of other requirements and comments: For one or both cruises, we would like to use telepresence in collaboration with the URI Inner Space Center (Katy Bell Croft is our contact) if the schedule permits and if we can find support for living expenses and other associated costs.

NOTE: We will also need to request mooring deployment and recovery cruises, but how these play out depend on scheduling of these cruises and recovery of moorings from Trinidad and Tobago (in May).
Ship Request Identification
Type of Request: Primary Ship Use Request Status: Submitted
Request ID: 1005921 Created By: Cindy L. Van Dover
Date Last Modified: 1/8/2013 3:52:00 PM Date Submitted: 12/29/2012 11:50:00 AM
Requested Ship, Operating Days and Dates
Year: 2014 Ship/Facility: Knorr
Optimum Start Date: 5/1/2014 Dates to Avoid: We have been asked to wait until 2014 for this cruise. Optimal dates under this condition May through mid July, to avoid the heart of the hurricane season.

We also need 2 to 3 weeks between this cruise and the GoM seeps cruise.
Earliest Start Date: 5/1/2014 Multi-Ship Op: No
Latest Start Date: 8/1/2014 Other Ship(s):

Operating Days Needed: Science Days Mob Days De-Mob Days Estimated Transit Days Total Days
11 2 2 2 17
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 proposed 5 days on station and were recently approved by Dave Garrison (email of 18 Dec 2012) to add 4 days to allow us to sample one of the Nantucket seeps and the Cape Henry seep recently located by NOAA colleagues.

We prefer to work in the May through mid-July window to avoid hurricane season; I have included two additional days for weather.

Science has no special mob demob number of days; I assume Jason and Sentry need at least two days as place holders.
Work Area for Cruise
Short Description of Op Area
for use in schedules:
Atlantic Seeps
Description of Op Area: Location 1:
36° 52.2909’ N
74° 28.5240’ W
Approximately 147 km east of Cape Henry, VA.
Number of seeps: 17
1,450-1,650 meters
Plume height: 900 meters

Location 2
39° 48.6702’ N
69° 35.3330’ W
Approximately 163 km south of Nantucket
Number of seeps: 3
1,400-1,450 meters
plume height: 800 meters

Location 3:
39° 59.8368’ N
69° 11.4911’ W
Approximately 158 kilometers southeast of Nantucket
Number of seeps: 15
300-400 meters
Nominal plume heights: 150 meters

Location 4:
39° 54.1104’ N
69° 15.4263’ W
Approximately 160 kilometers SE of Nantucket Island
Number of seeps: 5
1,050-1,150 meters
plume heights: 500 meters

Blake Ridge Diapir
32 29.69922 -76 11.45748; 2161 m
Cape Fear Diapir
32 29.69922 -76 11.45748; 2600 m
Op Area Size/Dia.: 10 nmi radius for each site
  Lat/Long Marsden Grid Navy Op Area
NA06 map
NA06 map
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
Morehead City, NC, USA Woods Hole, MA, USA None
Explanation/justification for requested
ports and dates of intermediate stops
or to list additional port stops
The southern sites are currently our priority sites and where we have two moorings deployed; we would like to complete our sampling there as efficiently as possible and then move north to sample new sites, allowing as much time as possible for these new sites.

 Important Info on Working in Foreign Ports

Science Party
Chief Scientist: Cindy L. Van Dover, DUML
# in Science Party 32 # 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 need 15 techs for Jason and Sentry ops, plus 1 tech for MOCNESS, plus 16 science berths.
Instrumentation Requirements That Impact Scheduling Decisions
Unselected 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 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.

MOCNESS (1-m opening, 153 micron mesh)

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 AUVSelected 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)
Selected 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 prefer Jason over Alvin, and request Sentry to do mapping at one or two of the NOAA locations listed plus additional work at the Blake Ridge Diapir and Cape Fear Diapir.

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