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  SHIRE  -  2017  -  Marcus Langseth  
  Project Information  
Project Title: Collaborative Research: Controls on along-strike variations in locked and creeping megathrust behavior at the Hikurangi convergent margin

Short title:
SHIRE: Seismogenesis at Hikurangi Integrated Research
Project Status: Submitted
Principal Investigator: Kirk D. McIntosh, UTIG Project Institution: UTIG
Project ID: 105088 Version #: 4
Date Submitted: 11/6/2015 6:31:00 PM Created By: Kirk D. McIntosh
Date Last Modified: 2/16/2017 11:18:00 AM URI Serial #: None
Funding Agencies: NSF/EAR - 1615815 - Funded
Summary of Field Work: Marine and onshore/offshore seismic program offshore the North Island of New Zealand. The planned program involves seismic reflection and refraction data acquisition with ocean bottom seismometers (to be deployed by a second, non UNOLS ship).
Summary of Facility Requirements: We need to use the R/V Langseth for crustal-scale seismic reflection and refraction work. We plan to use a 10 km-long streamer if feasible. We will also want to acquire other standard data sets (gravity, magnetics, swath bathymetry, sub-bottom profiler, XBT, etc.).
Summary of other requirements and comments: It is very important to do this work during the New Zealand summer because there is a significant land component (onshore/offshore seismic). Therefore we strongly request time between January and April, but especially during February.
Ship Request Identification
Type of Request: Primary Ship Use Request Status: Submitted
Request ID: 1008159 Created By: Kirk D. McIntosh
Date Last Modified: 2/16/2017 11:18:00 AM Date Submitted: 11/6/2015 6:31:00 PM
Requested Ship, Operating Days and Dates
Year: 2017 Ship/Facility: Marcus Langseth
Optimum Start Date: 11/1/2017 Dates to Avoid: We need to avoid May-November. This particularly important because there is a land component (onshore/offshore), and the land work will not be possible during much of the year.
Earliest Start Date: 10/1/2017 Multi-Ship Op: Yes
Latest Start Date: 3/1/2018 Other Ship(s): This is planned as a multi-ship program, with Langseth as the seismic/source ship and the other ship to deploy and recover OBSs. This will likely be a Japanese ship, but it could be a New Zealand ship. We do not plan that the other ship will be a UNOLS vessel.

Operating Days Needed: Science Days Mob Days De-Mob Days Estimated Transit Days Total Days
35 1 1 2 39
Repeating Cruise?
(within same year)
No Interval:   # of Cruises:  

Description of Repeating cruise requirements: This is not a repeating cruise. The timing needs to be in the Austral summer or close to that due to weather conditions at sea and on land, as we plan for onshore/offshore recording.
Justification/Explanation for ship choice, dates,
conflicts, number of days & multi-ship operations:
The R/V Langseth is required because this is a crustal-scale seismic program. The timing is tide to availability of a second, non-UNOLS vessel, the R/V Tangaroa operated by the New Zealand organization NIWA. The Tangaroa will be available to deploy and recover OBSs for our project during November 2017.
Work Area for Cruise
Short Description of Op Area
for use in schedules:
North Island NZ
Description of Op Area: North and East of the North Island, New Zealand.
Op Area Size/Dia.: 360
  Lat/Long Marsden Grid Navy Op Area
36.82° S / 174.8° E map
426 map
SP04 map
41.2889° S / 174.7772° E map
462 map
SP04 map
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Foreign Clearance and Permitting Requirements
Foreign Clearance Required? Yes Coastal States:

New Zealand
 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.)
Foreign clearance will be required. This process is just starting.
Port Calls
Requested Start Port Intermediate Port(s) Requested End Port
Auckland, New Zealand None Wellington, New Zealand
Explanation/justification for requested
ports and dates of intermediate stops
or to list additional port stops
Auckland is convenient as a starting port because we plan to acquire data in the nearby Bay of Plenty. We plan to work our way south at the end of the cruise and so prefer to end in Wellington.

 Important Info on Working in Foreign Ports

Science Party
Chief Scientist: Kirk D. McIntosh, UTIG
# in Science Party 25 # 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 We will need a full complement of seismic data acquisition technicians for 2D deep seismic profiling. We will also have (at least) three international groups that will participate. *I am not sure if this is the meaning of the science teams--we will not be doing OBSs from the Langseth, or coring--just seismic.
Instrumentation Requirements That Impact Scheduling Decisions
Unselected Dynamic PositioningUnselected ADCPSelected MultibeamSelected 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
0 PI-Provided Vans - briefly describe Unselected MOCNESS  
Explain Instrumentation or Capability
requirements that could affect choice
of ship in scheduling.

We need the seismic capabilities of the R/V Langseth.

Other than that we will also want standard underway geophysics tools such as gravity, magnetics, multibeam bathymetry, and sub-buttom profiler.

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 FacilitySelected 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
Selected 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 hope to acquire potential field data (gravity and magnetics) using available equipment.

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