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  Resolving DMS II  -  2017  -  Oceanus  
  Project Information  
Project Title: Collaborative Research: Resolving DMSP, DMS and DMSO dynamics in the Subarctic NE Pacific using stable and radioisotope tracers Project Status: Submitted
Principal Investigator: Ronald P. Kiene, USA Project Institution: USA
Project ID: 104295 Version #: 1
Date Submitted: 2/20/2014 12:15:00 AM Created By: Ronald P. Kiene
Date Last Modified: 6/2/2014 1:45:00 PM URI Serial #: None
Funding Agencies: NSF/OCE/CO - 1436576 - Funded
Summary of Field Work: Conduct oceanographic sampling in July-August 2015 of upper 100 meters at stations in the subarctic NE Pacific Ocean from near Vacouver Island out to Ocean Station Papa (about 1300 km) for study of DMS biogeochemistry. We will conduct underway monitoring of dissolved gases, DMSP, and DMSO. Shallow CTD casts will be made at sites selected during the cruise to collect water samples for measurement and incubations on board. Samples will be incubated on deck in flow through incubators. Up to 2 drouge deployments of 2-3 day duration will be made during the 16 day cruise.
Summary of Facility Requirements: We will need a CTD Rosette equipped with Go-Flo or Niskin sample bottles of 10-20 L size and with fluorometer, beam attenuation and PAR sensors. We will need the underway thermosalinograph and MET system in good operation to interface with our underway sampling equipment. Underway water pumped to labs for automated analyses. We will need light A-frame or small crane for deployment of drogue. We will need deck space for flow through incubators. We will also need a radiation van with scintillation counter. Water purification system on board. Storage for compressed gas cylinders.
Summary of other requirements and comments:  
Ship Request Identification
Type of Request: Primary Ship Use Request Status: Submitted
Request ID: 1006868 Created By: Ronald P. Kiene
Date Last Modified: 2/20/2014 12:15:00 AM Date Submitted: 2/20/2014 12:15:00 AM
Requested Ship, Operating Days and Dates
Year: 2017 Ship/Facility: Oceanus
Optimum Start Date: 8/1/2017 Dates to Avoid:  
Earliest Start Date: 7/7/2017 Multi-Ship Op: No
Latest Start Date: 8/7/2017 Other Ship(s):

Operating Days Needed: Science Days Mob Days De-Mob Days Estimated Transit Days Total Days
14 2 1 3 20
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 need a relatively large ship like the Oceanus to accomodate all the equipment and personnel from at least 3 science groups (Kiene, Dacey, Tortell). We would be open to inviting other other scientists to carry out compatible research, preferably other sea-air interactions. The cruise should take place in 2016 and the ideal month is August so we are there for the period of high DMS concentrations. If timing needs to be shifted, then earlier is better than later as DMS can build up earlier in the summer, but can decline quickly after Sep 1 due to onset of fall. We request 17 days at sea, with 14 science days (3 days in transit). This is necessary to acomplish goals of project for targeting different DMS hot spots identified during the cruise. We should be able to start underway sampling almost immediately but we give ourselves 1.5 days going out and 1.5 days coming in for ramp up and down, respectively. Up to 2 Lagrangian drifts (2-3 days each) will be carried out.
Work Area for Cruise
Short Description of Op Area
for use in schedules:
Line P
Description of Op Area: We will sample coastal waters off Washington and British Columbia and the established Line P transect monitored by Canadian researchers. The area encompases nutrient rich coastal waters and iron-limited offshore waters. DMS concentrations are exceptionally high in this area.
Op Area Size/Dia.: 750
  Lat/Long Marsden Grid Navy Op Area
48.5° N / 127° W map
157 map
NP09 map
50° N / 145° W map
195 map
NP06 map
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Foreign Clearance and Permitting Requirements
Foreign Clearance Required? Yes 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
Seattle, WA, USA None Seattle, WA, USA
Explanation/justification for requested
ports and dates of intermediate stops
or to list additional port stops
Seattle is the closest major port to the Line P area and would be ideal because the shorter transit time to research area would allow more science days. Newport Oregon would work if necessary, though we might need a little more sea time. There will be no intermediate ports, and ideally we return to same port as departure. The PI, R. Kiene was chief scientist on the Oceanus in 2002.

 Important Info on Working in Foreign Ports

Science Party
Chief Scientist: Ronald P. Kiene, USA
# in Science Party 9 # 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 The science parties will include those of R. Kiene, J. Dacey, and Canadian collaborator, P. Tortell. Additional parties would be welcome, especially those interested in sea-air exchange or trace gas analyses. We will deploy underway sampling instrumentation with mass spectrometer, and a number of chromatograph systems that require significant lab space. Additionally, we will carry out a lot of incubations requiring deck incubators and space in the laboratory for procssing and analysis. The marine techs will be needed to help with hydrographic surveys and CTD deployments and drogue deployments.
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 DivingSelected 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.

We would have modest needs for overside deployments. We will deploy CTD rosette with large (10-20L) water sample bottles. We will deploy drifting drogue, but those are relatively light weight. A good seachest (underway water system), preferably clean, is needed.
A variety of chromatographs will be used in the laboratory, and compressed gas cylinders will be needed. Reasonably well exposed space for deck incubators will be needed. A radioisotope van is an absolute requirement. The largest possible. The work will rely extensively on radioisotope tracer experiements. We use mainly 35S (87 day half life; low level beta). A functioning scintillation counter on board is required. The PI has extensive experience with 35S-rad work. We will also use some 3H and 14C in the rad van.

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
Selected 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.
A radioisotope van is an absolute requirement. The largest possible. The work will rely extensively on radioisotope tracer experiements. We use mainly 35S (87 day half life; low level beta). Some 3H and 14 will also be used. A functioning scintillation counter on board is required.

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