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  Methane & Climate  -  2017  -  Hugh R. Sharp  
  Project Information  
Project Title: Note to UNOLS/NSF: This is not exactly funded, but NOAA Ocean Exploration instructed me on 5/24/2016 to put in the STR based on a proposal we submitted in January 2016. We expect final "funding" determination within 2 weeks.

Project Status: Submitted
Principal Investigator: Carolyn Ruppel, USGS_Woods Hole Project Institution: USGS_Woods Hole
Project ID: 105339 Version #: 3
Date Submitted: 5/25/2016 9:58:00 AM Created By: Carolyn Ruppel
Date Last Modified: 6/2/2017 9:43:00 AM URI Serial #: None
Funding Agencies: NOAA/OE - NONE - Funded
Summary of Field Work: 9-science day ROV-based cruise to (a) collect high-resolution video, acquire geochemical and biological samples, and sample authigenic carbonates, (b) acquire CTDs; (c) acquire hydroacoustic (water column) imagery and seafloor backscatter data between Cape Hatteras and Baltimore Canyon, at both shallow (upper slope, few hundred meter water depths) and deeper (up to 1400 m at Norfolk Canyon) methane seep sites
Summary of Facility Requirements: Require DP, space for a van and ROV + ROV winch, appropriate A-frame, CTD capacity, basic wet lab: R/V Sharp meets all basic requirements based on discussions with marine superintendent and with the ROV operator (Oceaneering)
Summary of other requirements and comments: USGS will supply hydroacoustic imaging equipment (EK80 and 38 kHz transducer--previously used on R/V Sharp in September 2015) and will lease a portable pole or retractable keel transducer pod mounted MBES system that will be operated by USGS technical staff and that will acquire swath water column imagery and seafloor backscatter on the upper slope only. USGS will likely supply the inertial navigation system for the MBES, but will discuss this with R/V Sharp technical staff.
Ship Request Identification
Type of Request: Primary Ship Use Request Status: Submitted
Request ID: 1008579 Created By: Carolyn Ruppel
Date Last Modified: 6/6/2016 8:07:00 PM Date Submitted: 5/25/2016 9:58:00 AM
Requested Ship, Operating Days and Dates
Year: 2017 Ship/Facility: Hugh R. Sharp
Optimum Start Date: 5/1/2017 Dates to Avoid: avoid prior to May and after August due to weather/hurricane considerations, particularly in vicinity of Cape Hatteras
Earliest Start Date: 5/1/2017 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
9 2 1 0 12
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:
US Atl margin
Description of Op Area: continental slope: Cape Hatteras to Baltimore Canyon, upper slope (180 m) to 1500 m water depth
Op Area Size/Dia.: 175 nm x 15 nm
  Lat/Long Marsden Grid Navy Op Area
38.1° N / 73.75° 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.)
Cruise does not include operations requiring IHA to comply with MMPA or OPR review for impact on marine mammals. Cruise entirely outside CZMA area and areas covered by Submerged Lands Act and entirely within the US EEZ. The USGS will complete standard NEPA documentation and approval for this activity according to application of its DOI Categorical Exclusion and rules outlined within the USGS NEPA Handbook. Ruppel handles many compliance activities for USGS Coastal and Marine operations and, based on her expertise with the various acoustic sources and other activities, the USGS has no concern about environmental concerns hindering the completion of this 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
none required

 Important Info on Working in Foreign Ports

Science Party
Chief Scientist: Carolyn Ruppel, USGS_Woods Hole
# in Science Party 14 # 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 Science party will include USGS and British Geological Survey scientists/technical staff, plus 3 personnel required for 12-hr/day ROV operations
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
1 PI-Provided Vans - briefly describe Unselected MOCNESS  
Explain Instrumentation or Capability
requirements that could affect choice
of ship in scheduling.

Require CTD

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 JasonSelected 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.
Other ROV will be contracted from Oceaneering, Joe Gelpi cognizant personnel
ROV is GEX and has been discussed with marine sup. and Oceaneering says that R/V Sharp is suitable for this operation.

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