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  Clio Sea Trials  -  2015  -  Atlantis  
  Project Information  
Project Title: Collaborative Research: An Autonomous Vertical Sampling Vehicle for
Global Ocean Biogeochemical Mapping
Project Status: Submitted
Principal Investigator: John A. Breier, UTRGV Project Institution: WHOI
Project ID: 103787 Version #: 1
Date Submitted: 2/8/2013 2:01:00 PM Created By: John A. Breier
Date Last Modified: 7/30/2013 11:39:00 AM URI Serial #: None
Funding Agencies: NSF/OCE/OTIC - 1333212 - Funded
Summary of Field Work: This proposal will develop a new autonomous water column biogeochemical sampling vehicle, Clio, that can be used simultaneously and independently of traditional wire based sampling systems employed on research vessels. Clio will be a 6000 m rated vertical autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) with a high throughput sampling and sensing payload that will conducted 14 hr dives.

The vehicle will be deployed with an A-frame, J-frame, or crane using a manually operated quick-release. Operators will track the vehicle during its dive using an acoustic ranging system and receive regular vehicle status information with integrated acoustic telemetry. The vehicle will alert operators to its arrival back on the surface using three independently-powered depth-activated beacons: a GPS/Iridium unit to provide over-the-horizon location, a strobe for line-of-sight location, and a VHF radio beacon. Our recovery procedure is modeled after other mid-size AUV systems. To recover the vehicle operators will first snag a lifting bale on top of the vehicle using a light-weight lifting line secured with breakaways to a tagline pole, partially lift the vehicle out of the water, attach additional taglines, and finally bring the vehicle aboard. We expect recovery times totaling ~1hr.

In year 3 of this proposal (2015/2016), this vehicle will require 5 days of sea trials in deep water (4500m to 6000m) which is the subject of this request. As this is an instrumentation development project, a wide range of ships and operating areas could meet our needs. The essential requirement is being able to reach an operational area with 4500 to 6000 m of water depth. We expect the work could be accomplished during a UNOLS vessel transit between major expeditions on the east or west coast and budgeted for shipping costs to as far as Hawaii. Hawaii is of special interest due to related biogeochemical work by co-PI Saito in this area.

Our plan of work includes validating all vehicle operations to full design depth, we are planning for 4-5 vehicle deployments of varying lengths up to 14 hrs. During each deployment the ship must hold station. The ship can proceed along a transit between dives while the vehicle is being serviced.
Summary of Facility Requirements: The main requirements are (1) a vessel with an A-frame, J-frame, or crane rated to at least 4600 lbs to deploy and recover the vehicle, and (2) the berthing capacity to accomodate our 5 person science and engineering team of men and women.
Summary of other requirements and comments:  
Ship Request Identification
Type of Request: Primary Ship Use Request Status: Submitted
Request ID: 1006042 Created By: John A. Breier
Date Last Modified: 2/8/2013 2:01:00 PM Date Submitted: 2/8/2013 2:01:00 PM
Requested Ship, Operating Days and Dates
Year: 2015 Ship/Facility: Atlantis
Optimum Start Date: 8/1/2015 Dates to Avoid:  
Earliest Start Date: 5/1/2015 Multi-Ship Op: No
Latest Start Date: 7/31/2016 Other Ship(s):

Operating Days Needed: Science Days Mob Days De-Mob Days Estimated Transit Days Total Days
5 0 0 0 5
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:
Ship choice and operation area are flexible, we can make use of a large number of vessels in a deep water operating area (4500-6000m) as long as they meet our minimum lifting capabilities for vehicle launch and recovery and our berthing requirements. As this purpose is to perform sea trials of a new AUV, an operating area and time frame where we can have the best chance for relatively calm weather and seas - of the nature required for ROVs and AUVs such as Jason and Sentry would be the best fit for our needs.
Work Area for Cruise
Short Description of Op Area
for use in schedules:
6000 m depth
Description of Op Area: We need an operating area where water depth is between 4500 m to 6000 m. Each vehicle deployment will require clear vessel maneuvering space within a 6 km radius of the dive location to ensure vehicle recovery. This vehicle will drift with ocean currents during its deployment.

As this purpose is to perform sea trials of a new AUV, an operating area and time window where we can have the best chance for relatively calm weather and seas - of the nature required for ROVs and AUVs such as Jason and Sentry would be the best fit for our needs.
Op Area Size/Dia.: 6.5
  Lat/Long Marsden Grid Navy Op Area
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
None None None
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: John A. Breier, UTRGV
# in Science Party 6 # 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 have a 5 person team to launch and recovery our vehicle. A ships science technician will be needed to assist in these operations and for supporting CTD launch and recovery to collect background water column profiles.
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 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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