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  Methane Emissions  -  2017  -  Hugh R. Sharp  
  Project Information  
Project Title: Characterizing Ocean Acidification and Atmospheric Emission caused by Methane
Released from Gas Hydrate Systems along the US Atlantic Margin
Project Status: Submitted
Principal Investigator: John D. Kessler, U of R Project Institution: U of R
Project ID: 105338 Version #: 2
Date Submitted: 5/24/2016 9:25:00 PM Created By: Carolyn Ruppel
Date Last Modified: 6/2/2017 9:49:00 AM URI Serial #: None
Funding Agencies: DOE - NONE - Funded
Summary of Field Work: 13-day cruise on US Atlantic Margin upper continental slope methane seeps between Cape Hatteras and Wilmington Canyons. Approximate area of operations from shelf break to 1200 m water depth. We will conduct CTDs along a maximum of 5 transects down the upper slope and will do intensive surveying of the seafloor and water column (for methane plumes) from the shelf-break to the upper slope. The surveys will include a user-provided (USGS) multibeam with water column imaging capabilities, a user-provided (USGS) EK80 with 38 kHz transducer (used on the Sharp in September 2015), and real-time measurements of greenhouse gas concentrations in near-surface waters (requires a user-provided --Rochester--dedicated pump system).
Summary of Facility Requirements: Standard navigation and met parameters, ADCP, CTD, 2 free pods in the retractable keel, various reefer/freezer, possible occasional Knudsen use (USGS technical staff can handle)
Summary of other requirements and comments: Rochester provided equipment to be deployed: high-rate seawater pump mounted in transducer well or over the side (USGS operational personnel will assist with configuring)

USGS will provide a portable MBES system with water column imaging capabilities and an inertial navigation system (unless the R/V Sharp's Reson inertial nav is available to be used), the EK80 and 38 kHz transducer, internal network and data storage
Ship Request Identification
Type of Request: Primary Ship Use Request Status: Submitted
Request ID: 1008578 Created By: Carolyn Ruppel
Date Last Modified: 6/2/2017 9:49:00 AM Date Submitted: 5/24/2016 9:25:00 PM
Requested Ship, Operating Days and Dates
Year: 2017 Ship/Facility: Hugh R. Sharp
Optimum Start Date: 8/17/2017 Dates to Avoid: before mid-May and after mid-September due to weather issues
Earliest Start Date: 8/17/2017 Multi-Ship Op: No
Latest Start Date: 8/31/2017 Other Ship(s): none

Operating Days Needed: Science Days Mob Days De-Mob Days Estimated Transit Days Total Days
13 1 1 0 15
Repeating Cruise?
(within same year)
No Interval:   # of Cruises:  

Description of Repeating cruise requirements: none
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:
Atlantic margin
Description of Op Area: Wilmington Canyon to Cape Hatteras, 150 m to 1200 m water depth
Op Area Size/Dia.: 200 nm x 15 nm
  Lat/Long Marsden Grid Navy Op Area
38.33° N / 73.5° W map
116 map
NA06 map
35.2° N / 75° W map
116 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.)
No foreign clearance. Cruise is entirely outside of area covered by CZMA or Submerged Lands Act and within US EEZ. No seismic sources and no need for IHA or OPR consultation. USGS will complete NEPA requirements and DOE will approve NEPA prior to cruise.
Port Calls
Requested Start Port Intermediate Port(s) Requested End Port
Lewes, DE, USA None, , None, Lewes, DE, USA
Explanation/justification for requested
ports and dates of intermediate stops
or to list additional port stops
home port

 Important Info on Working in Foreign Ports

Science Party
Chief Scientist: John D. Kessler, U of R
# in Science Party 14 # of different science teams 2 # Marine Technicians to be
provided by ship operator:
(include in science party total)
Explanation of Science Party Requirements and Technician Requirements Kessler and Ruppel co-chief scientists. Rochester and USGS science parties. CTD operations for less than 12 hours per day--1 UDel technician needed.
Instrumentation Requirements That Impact Scheduling Decisions
Selected 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.

We are budget limited so the R/V Sharp is the only UNOLS option.

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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