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  NASA bio-optics  -  2014  -  Endeavor  
  Project Information  
Project Title: Characterizing optical and plankton properties across spatial gradients in support of advanced NASA remote sensing missions Project Status: Submitted
Principal Investigator: Michael J. Behrenfeld, OSU_Oregon State Project Institution: OSU_Oregon State
Project ID: 103852 Version #: 1
Date Submitted: 2/27/2013 5:11:00 PM Created By: Michael J. Behrenfeld
Date Last Modified: 2/27/2013 5:11:00 PM URI Serial #: None
Funding Agencies: NASA - NONE - Funded
Summary of Field Work: This request for ship time is to support three independent research grants awarded to principal investigators at the Univesity of Maine, City College of New York, and the NASA Langley Center. The desired ship for this project is the RV ENDEAVOR. The desired cruise period is for TWO WEEKS IN EARLY AUGUST (exact dates are flexible). Expenses for ship support WILL BE PAID FOR BY THE NASA OCEAN BIOLOGY AND BIOGEOCHEMISTRY PROGRAM, managed by Dr. Paula Bontempi (202-358-1508). M.J. Behrenfeld is a co-investigator in this reseach and is the current lead on organizing ship support. The project will involve in-water and flow-through optical and biological measurements, above water optical measurements from the ship, an airborne campaign synchronized with the ship schedule (involving lidar and polarimeter measurements), and satellite data.

The details of the cruise plan have not been finalized yet among the various participating organizations, but a preliminary plan has been established. We would like to begin the research cruise from the Endeavor's home port or thereabout, transect into the Gulf of Maine, followed by a transect to near Bermuda, and finishing near the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay (e.g., Norfolk). The daily measurement plan will include roughly 4 stations per day (three during daylight hours and one at night). Station work will include deployment of a CDT Rosette to approximately 150 m, with sample water collected at 4 depths during ascent. Following the CTD cast, we will deploy an opticial package from the ship, with the ship maintaining position such that the optical instruments are not shaded by the ship. Finally, a teathered polarimeter package will be deployed away from the ship (up to 100 feet) and polarization properties measured at one (or perhaps 2) depths. It is anticipated that the suite of deployments at each station will require approximately 2 to 2 1/2 hrs. During the night deployment, the polarimeter measurements will not be conducted (i.e., they require sunlight).

In addition to the overboard measurements, optical instruments will be plumbed into the ship's clean seawater supply to cotinuously measure absorption, scattering, backscattering, and attenuation properties. Descrete samples will also be collected for analysis of particulate organic carbon, chlorophyll, and phytoplankton carbon (measured with a sorting flow cytometer).

In coordination with the ship measurements, airborne polarimeter and lidar measurements will be conducted. This effort will be led by Drs. Chris Hoestetler (NASA Langley) and Brian Cairns (NASA GISS). The airborne measurements will survey waters transected by the ship, and coordination between platforms will be necessary to ensure overflights of the ship during the 3 daytime deployments.
Summary of Facility Requirements: We will require (1) a CTD/rosette, (2) wench/cable for optics package deployment, (3) sufficient laboratory/bench space for filtrations, optical instruments, analytical instruments, and sorting flow cytometer, (4) deck space/rail space for above-water optical measurements, (5) access to flow through seawater from a system pre-cleaned just before departure, (6) ship crew support during overboard deployments, and (7) coordination between the ship and airborne campaigns.
Summary of other requirements and comments: If you have any questions regarding this request, please contact Dr. Michael Behrenfeld (541-737-5289) or Dr. Paula Bontempi (202-358-1508)
Ship Request Identification
Type of Request: Primary Ship Use Request Status: Submitted
Request ID: 1006152 Created By: Michael J. Behrenfeld
Date Last Modified: 2/27/2013 5:11:00 PM Date Submitted: 2/27/2013 5:11:00 PM
Requested Ship, Operating Days and Dates
Year: 2014 Ship/Facility: Endeavor
Optimum Start Date: 8/4/2014 Dates to Avoid: Due to region of interest (in particular Gulf of Maine), desire for sufficient clear sky days for aircraft support, and requirement for summer season, we want to avoid START dates in June or early July or late August
Earliest Start Date: 8/4/2014 Multi-Ship Op: No
Latest Start Date: 8/17/2014 Other Ship(s):

Operating Days Needed: Science Days Mob Days De-Mob Days Estimated Transit Days Total Days
11 1 1 1 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:
Choice of ship: (1) budget available to cover ship time for 2 weeks, (2) home port proximity to research area of interest, (3) open ocean measurements

Dates: (1) desire for measurements in summer, (2) avoid early summer period due to persistent cloudiness in Gulf of Maine (compromises airborne campaign), (3) participating scientists are not available after last week of August

Number of days: (1) budget availabilty for simultaneous airborne support, (2) adequate allotment of time to sample a wide range of oceanographic conditions, from optically-complex near shore waters to productive GoM waters, to clear oligotrophic waters.
Work Area for Cruise
Short Description of Op Area
for use in schedules:
west atlantic
Description of Op Area: Begin near Rhode Island or Cape Cod, then Gulf of Maine, then transect to near Bermuda, then transect to Chesapeake Bay mouth, end cruise at Norfolk, VA or thereabout
Op Area Size/Dia.: 1500
  Lat/Long Marsden Grid Navy Op Area
41° N / 70° W map
152 map
NA06 map
36° N / 76° W map
116 map
NA06 map
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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 Norfolk, VA, USA
Explanation/justification for requested
ports and dates of intermediate stops
or to list additional port stops
based on desired cruise duration, range of water types desired for sampling, and appropriate staging locations for airborne deployments

 Important Info on Working in Foreign Ports

Science Party
Chief Scientist: Michael J. Behrenfeld, OSU_Oregon State
# in Science Party 10 # of different science teams 3 # Marine Technicians to be
provided by ship operator:
(include in science party total)
Explanation of Science Party Requirements and Technician Requirements number of scientist and number of parties involved is determined by the number of projects funding under this effort (3) and the number of scientists required for each team.
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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