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  Ellice Basin Mapping  -  2016  -  Kilo Moana  
  Project Information  
Project Title: Collaborative Research: Super-Plateau Breakup and Cretaceous Quiet Zone Tectonics Project Status: Submitted
Principal Investigator: Paul Wessel, UH_SOEST Project Institution: UH_SOEST
Project ID: 104470 Version #: 2
Date Submitted: 8/4/2014 4:48:00 PM Created By: Paul Wessel
Date Last Modified: 3/2/2015 2:25:00 PM URI Serial #: None
Funding Agencies: NSF/OCE/MGG - 1458964 - Funded
Summary of Field Work: We propose multibeam mapping in the Ellice Basin, with ~6 days devoted to dredging of seafloor samples. We will also collect underway geophysical data such as magnetics, gravity, sub-bottom reflections (3.5 kHz), and daily XBTs for sound velocity control. The survey seeks to address the following questions:
* When did seafloor spreading terminate in the Ellice Basin?
* When did the last phase of spreading initiate?
* What is the spreading history between Ontong Java and Manihiki plateaus?
* What is the age of the Robbie Ridge and is it part of Manihiki?

The proposed survey will target areas for dredging that have the potential to address the time-history of spreading, while the detailed multibeam survey of two key fracture zones and the central basin will address plate kinematic questions. The project will constrain models for plateau breakup and Cretaceous Normal Superchron tectonics.
Summary of Facility Requirements: Multibeam sonar, rock dredges, towed magnetometer, gravimeter, sub-bottom profiler (e.g., 3.5. kHz). sound velocity profilers (Expendable Bathymetric Thermographs (XBT's)).
Summary of other requirements and comments:  
Ship Request Identification
Type of Request: Primary Ship Use Request Status: Submitted
Request ID: 1007138 Created By: Paul Wessel
Date Last Modified: 3/2/2015 2:25:00 PM Date Submitted: 8/4/2014 4:48:00 PM
Requested Ship, Operating Days and Dates
Year: 2016 Ship/Facility: Kilo Moana
Optimum Start Date: 6/1/2016 Dates to Avoid: Avoid South Pacific tropical cyclone season Nov.1-April 31.
Earliest Start Date: 6/1/2016 Multi-Ship Op: No
Latest Start Date: 11/1/2016 Other Ship(s):

Operating Days Needed: Science Days Mob Days De-Mob Days Estimated Transit Days Total Days
33 0 0 2 35
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:
Ellice Basin
Description of Op Area: Suggested ports are Honiara and Apia, with main survey in between in the Ellice Basin
Op Area Size/Dia.: ~50,000 sq.nm.
  Lat/Long Marsden Grid Navy Op Area
9.5° S / 160° E map
320 map
SP01 map
13.8° S / 172° W map
353 map
SP01 map
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Foreign Clearance and Permitting Requirements
Foreign Clearance Required? Yes Coastal States:

New Zealand, Kiribati, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Western Samoa
 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
Honiara, Solomon Islands None Apia, Western Samoa
Explanation/justification for requested
ports and dates of intermediate stops
or to list additional port stops
The selected port will minimize transit time for this project. The order of start/stop port is not important.

 Important Info on Working in Foreign Ports

Science Party
Chief Scientist: Paul Wessel, UH_SOEST
# in Science Party 8 # 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 This is a multibeam mapping cruise with limited dredging, thus we request one good dredging technician for dredging operations. Science party size does not include any international observers that may be required as part of foreign clearances.
Instrumentation Requirements That Impact Scheduling Decisions
Selected Dynamic PositioningUnselected ADCPSelected MultibeamUnselected Seismic
Selected 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.

Other than dredging and multibeam we expect to collect underway magnetics, gravity, and sub-bottom profiling. While Kilo Moana is preferred given its recent sonar upgrades, the Melville or Revelle would also be suitable.

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 imagingSelected 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.
We need daily sound velocity profilers (Expendable Bathymetric Thermographs (XBT's)) for good water velocity sound profiles to optimize multibeam accuracy.

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