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  Ocean Health XPRIZE  -  2015  -  Thomas G. Thompson  
  Project Information  
Project Title: Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE Competition Project Status: Submitted
Principal Investigator: Jyotika Virmani, XPF Project Institution: XPF
Project ID: 104428 Version #: 1
Date Submitted: 7/10/2014 1:53:00 PM Created By: Jyotika Virmani
Date Last Modified: 7/10/2014 1:53:00 PM URI Serial #: None
Funding Agencies: OTHER - Ocean Health XPRIZE - Funded
Summary of Field Work: The Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE is a competition to inspire innovation of accurate, robust, and affordable pH sensors that will profoundly improve our understanding of ocean acidification. The final phase of the competition (Phase 4) will put eligible sensors to the test in the deep open ocean environment at the HOT station off Hawaii. Sensors will be deployed to at least 3000m depths on a roseatte. The Validation Team will also be collecting in situ water samples for comparison to the sensor readings. Mutliple tests will be conducted over 5 days to provide sufficient data to assess the most accurate and precise pH sensors that can perform in deep ocean environments.
Summary of Facility Requirements: A Research Vessel that can accommodate at least 25 science party members. A roseatte sampling package with at least 24 Niskin bottles and a CTD. A laboratory in which the water samples can be analyzed. Space on deck for Validation Team van.
Summary of other requirements and comments: This will be a high-profile cruise. There will be associated media press releases and international PR. We will also have a camera crew for filming for a documentary and for other PR purposes.
Ship Request Identification
Type of Request: Primary Ship Use Request Status: Submitted
Request ID: 1007086 Created By: Jyotika Virmani
Date Last Modified: 7/10/2014 1:53:00 PM Date Submitted: 7/10/2014 1:53:00 PM
Requested Ship, Operating Days and Dates
Year: 2015 Ship/Facility: Thomas G. Thompson
Optimum Start Date: 5/11/2015 Dates to Avoid: Before May 1, 2015 and after June 20, 2015. Phase 3 of the competition ends in mid-March and teams need time to turn around. The final awards are scheduled for July 15, and the Judges need time to analyze the data and determine a winner.
Earliest Start Date: 5/1/2015 Multi-Ship Op: No
Latest Start Date: 6/5/2015 Other Ship(s):

Operating Days Needed: Science Days Mob Days De-Mob Days Estimated Transit Days Total Days
5 1 1 1 8
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:
Phase 3 of the competition ends in mid-March 2015 and teams need time to turn around. The final awards are scheduled for July 15, and the Judges need time to analyze the data and determine a winner. Therefore we would ideally request dates in May 2015.

We chose the Thomas G. Thompson because it has a sufficient number of berths and the capabilities to conduct the work.
Work Area for Cruise
Short Description of Op Area
for use in schedules:
HOT station
Description of Op Area: Hawaii Ocean Time Series station. Deployment will be down to at least 3000m.
Op Area Size/Dia.: Single station location is sufficient.
  Lat/Long Marsden Grid Navy Op Area
21.3° N / 157.8° W map
88 map
NP12 map
21.3° N / 157.8° W map
88 map
NP12 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
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: Jyotika Virmani, XPF
# in Science Party 30 # 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 The science party consists of XPRIZE personnel (5), the Validation Team (5), Judges (5), Teams (10) and possible VIPs (5; they may just visit for a day). A technician will be required to operate the roseatte package and CTD. Our Validation Team are experienced sea-going scientific oceanographers (including from the University of Washington and PMEL).
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 workSelected Other Operator Provided Inst. - Describe
1 PI-Provided Vans - briefly describe Unselected MOCNESS  
Explain Instrumentation or Capability
requirements that could affect choice
of ship in scheduling.

We will require a roseatte package, preferably with 24 Niskin bottles, and a CTD. The PI provided Lab Van will contain our spectrophotometer and other equipment required for Validation of samples.

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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