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  Oceanic Flux Program  -  2017  -  Atlantic Explorer  
  Project Information  
Project Title: Time series particle flux measurements in the Sargasso Sea Project Status: Submitted
Principal Investigator: Maureen H. Conte, BIOS Project Institution: BIOS
Project ID: 104759 Version #: 1
Date Submitted: 2/12/2015 1:55:00 PM Created By: Maureen H. Conte
Date Last Modified: 6/19/2015 3:53:00 PM URI Serial #: None
Funding Agencies: NSF/OCE/CO - 1536644 - Funded
Summary of Field Work: Since 1978, the Oceanic Flux Program (OFP) has continuously measured particle fluxes in the deep Sargasso Sea. The 37+ year time-series is the longest of its kind and has produced a unique record of temporal variability in the "biological pump", a term loosely applied here to material transfer from the surface to deep ocean resulting from upper ocean biological/physical processes. Two overarching goals drive core activities funded under the OFP grant. The first is to extend the time-series by collection of new samples that are of the highest possible quality and that have maximal oceanographic context. The second is to elucidate the causal processes that drive oceanic particle flux through comparative studies of flux magnitude and composition, and concurrent observations of external forcing (e.g. synoptic scale meteorology, climate patterns), surface water physics and biology (e.g. mesoscale features, blooms, etc.), and interior processes (e.g. particle aggregation/disaggregation, midwater scavenging).
Summary of Facility Requirements: A frame, mooring winches and blocks for mooring line, Straza tower for transducer deployment, CTD/ bottle rosette, Hydrowire 4000m casts, ADCP, laminar flow hood,
Summary of other requirements and comments:  
Ship Request Identification
Type of Request: Primary Ship Use Request Status: Submitted
Request ID: 1007609 Created By: Maureen H. Conte
Date Last Modified: 2/12/2015 1:55:00 PM Date Submitted: 2/12/2015 1:55:00 PM
Requested Ship, Operating Days and Dates
Year: 2017 Ship/Facility: Atlantic Explorer
Optimum Start Date: 4/10/2017 Dates to Avoid: A 6 mo cruise interval is required. Dates are to optimize weather conditions for mooring work
Earliest Start Date: 4/10/2015 Multi-Ship Op: No
Latest Start Date: 4/30/2015 Other Ship(s):

Operating Days Needed: Science Days Mob Days De-Mob Days Estimated Transit Days Total Days
12 4 2 0 18
Repeating Cruise?
(within same year)
Yes Interval: 6 month # of Cruises: 2

Description of Repeating cruise requirements: Second cruise to be scheduled Oct 10-30
Justification/Explanation for ship choice, dates,
conflicts, number of days & multi-ship operations:
A 6 mo cruise interval is required. Dates are to optimize weather conditions for mooring work
Work Area for Cruise
Short Description of Op Area
for use in schedules:
Description of Op Area: OFP mooring site 31deg55min N 64deg05minW and general Bermuda TS area
Op Area Size/Dia.:  
  Lat/Long Marsden Grid Navy Op Area
31.916667° N / 64.083333° W map
115 map
NA06 map
31.916667° N / 64.083333° W map
115 map
NA06 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
Ports are ST Georges Bermuda to St Georges Bermuda (weblink doesn't work)

 Important Info on Working in Foreign Ports

Science Party
Chief Scientist: Maureen H. Conte, BIOS
# in Science Party 6 # 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 Operator supplied MT should be capable with deck operations
Instrumentation Requirements That Impact Scheduling Decisions
Unselected Dynamic PositioningSelected 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.
No additional mooring winches required if AE's winches are operational

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