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  Aleutian kelp beds  -  2016  -  Ocean/Intermediate  
  Project Information  
Project Title: Collaborative Research: Changes in ecosystem production and benthic biodiversity following the widespread loss of an ecosystem engineer Project Status: Submitted
Principal Investigator: Matthew S. Edwards, SDSU Project Institution: SDSU
Project ID: 104312 Version #: 5
Date Submitted: 3/10/2014 4:50:00 PM Created By: Matthew S. Edwards
Date Last Modified: 3/16/2015 3:49:00 PM URI Serial #: None
Funding Agencies: NSF/OCE/BIO - 1435194 - Funded
Summary of Field Work: We will ask two highly integrated questions: 1) How do the widespread losses of kelp forests impact benthic primary production across the Aleutian Archipelago? 2) How do the widespread losses of kelp forests impact both onshore and offshore benthic biodiversity and community structure? Following this, we will estimate changes to NEP at ten islands where we have historic data on seaweed community composition and estimates of kelp canopy cover. To examine these questions, in situ and shipboard incubations will be conducted in both kelp forests and urchin barrens over a two-year period to look at both whole-community and individual-species rates of photosynthesis and respiration. This will involve SCUBA diving from small inflatable boats. Shipboard experiments for each species will be scaled by their biomass in the ecosystem and combined with in situ benthic chamber experiments of whole communities to estimate NEP. Benthic biodiversity and community structure within and offshore of each of these habitats will be assessed using diver surveys and shipboard benthic trawls. For this we will need a small benthic trawl.
Summary of Facility Requirements: We will nee four small inflatable boats for diving, a CTD for water sampling, a small benthic trawl for biodiversity sampling, and laboratory space for processing samples and for conduction incubation experiments.
Summary of other requirements and comments:  
Ship Request Identification
Type of Request: Primary Ship Use Request Status: Submitted
Request ID: 1006881 Created By: Matthew S. Edwards
Date Last Modified: 3/16/2015 3:49:00 PM Date Submitted: 3/10/2014 4:50:00 PM
Requested Ship, Operating Days and Dates
Year: 2016 Ship/Facility: Ocean/Intermediate
Optimum Start Date: 6/15/2016 Dates to Avoid: Before 06/01/16 and after /07/15/16. This is a diving project and the weather before and after these dates may preclude dive operations.
Earliest Start Date: 6/1/2016 Multi-Ship Op: No
Latest Start Date: 7/15/2016 Other Ship(s):

Operating Days Needed: Science Days Mob Days De-Mob Days Estimated Transit Days Total Days
15 0 0 6 21
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 have selected the Pt. Sur because it is the proper size and has all the needed equipment. We have used this ship before twice and found it to be ideal for the work we plan. The number of days is what is required to complete the work we plan.
Work Area for Cruise
Short Description of Op Area
for use in schedules:
Bering Sea
Description of Op Area: We will work around the coastal zones of the Aleutian Islands.
Op Area Size/Dia.:  
  Lat/Long Marsden Grid Navy Op Area
54.291° N / 165.058° W map
197 map
NP05 map
54.291° N / 165.058° W map
197 map
NP05 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
Adak Naval Air Station, AK, USA None Adak Naval Air Station, AK, USA
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: Matthew S. Edwards, SDSU
# in Science Party 11 # 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 will have 2 PIs (Edwards and Konar), 8 divers and one non-diver scientist. The technician will be needed to operate the benthic trawl and CTD.
Instrumentation Requirements That Impact Scheduling Decisions
Unselected Dynamic PositioningUnselected ADCPUnselected MultibeamUnselected Seismic
Selected Dredging/Coring/Large Dia. Trawl WireUnselected Stern A-frameUnselected Fiber Optic (.681)Unselected 0.680 Coax Wire
Selected 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.

We need diving to do most of the work. The dredging will be used to sample diversity at 40 and 70 m depth using a small benthic trawl..

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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