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  WACS2  -  2014  -  Global  
  Project Information  
Project Title: Western Atlantic Climate Study II Project Status: Submitted
Principal Investigator: Patricia Quinn, NOAA_PMEL Project Institution: NOAA_PMEL
Project ID: 103920 Version #: 1
Date Submitted: 5/13/2013 4:49:00 PM Created By: Paul Kunicki
Date Last Modified: 5/13/2013 4:49:00 PM URI Serial #: None
Funding Agencies: NOAA - NONE - Funded
Summary of Field Work: The purpose of the project is to characterize the chemical and meteorological processes that transform aerosols and their precursor gases and lead to perturbations to the region's radiation budget. Data will be used to improve simulations of radiative forcing of climate by ocean- and continentally-derived aerosols with a particular emphasis on African dust; characterize the emission, properties, and cloud nucleating ability of sea spray aerosol over a range of ocean conditions; and provide scientific information to support effective policy decisions. This cruise is planned for the April - June 2014 time frame to optimize interception of dust and collaboration with a planned international experiment.
Summary of Facility Requirements: Multiple deployments and recoveries of an in situ sea spray particle generator, Sea Sweep, for characterization of properties and cloud-nucleating ability of nascent ocean-derived aerosol, will involve shipboard launches/recoveries. Additionally, significant space will be required for sampling operations near the bow of the ship, to limit/eliminate sources of sample contamination. The measurements needed for this project require four 20’ sea containers, two smaller ISO containers, and a sampling tower mounted on the forward O-2 deck of the ship. Space on the ship's afterdecks is also required for additional containers, as well as other utility/storage containers. The van and tower arrangement will be similar to that used on Knorr in 2008.

All vans are program-supplied (no UNOLS "pool" vans required).
Summary of other requirements and comments:  
Ship Request Identification
Type of Request: Primary Ship Use Request Status: Submitted
Request ID: 1006270 Created By: Paul Kunicki
Date Last Modified: 5/13/2013 4:49:00 PM Date Submitted: 5/13/2013 4:49:00 PM
Requested Ship, Operating Days and Dates
Year: 2014 Ship/Facility: Global
Optimum Start Date: 5/1/2014 Dates to Avoid:  
Earliest Start Date: 4/1/2014 Multi-Ship Op: No
Latest Start Date: 6/15/2014 Other Ship(s):

Operating Days Needed: Science Days Mob Days De-Mob Days Estimated Transit Days Total Days
14 3 1 0 18
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:
Description of Op Area: Caribbean from Miami to Barbados
Op Area Size/Dia.:  
  Lat/Long Marsden Grid Navy Op Area
NA09 map
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Foreign Clearance and Permitting Requirements
Foreign Clearance Required? Yes Coastal States:

Bahamas, Barbados
 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
Miami, FL, USA None Bridgetown, Barbados
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: Patricia Quinn, NOAA_PMEL
# in Science Party 30 # 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 We will need a mar tech to help deploy and recover Sea Sweep. It will stay in the water between 6 and 24 hours. We will also need met and seawater data from the ship's computer system.
Most of the science teams will be making continuous atmospheric measurements from the vans on the O2 bow. There will be one van on the fan tail making continuous seawater measurements. At most, there would be one group inside the ship in a lab processes samples.
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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