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  CASPER  -  2017  -  Sally Ride  
  Project Information  
Project Title: Coupled Air Sea Processes and EM-ducting Research (CASPER) Project Status: Submitted
Principal Investigator: Qing Wang, NPS Project Institution: NPS
Project ID: 105297 Version #: 5
Date Submitted: 6/21/2016 2:12:00 PM Created By: Robert K. Shearman
Date Last Modified: 9/28/2016 4:57:00 PM URI Serial #: None
Funding Agencies: NAVY/ONR - NONE - Funded
Summary of Field Work: Month-long cruises to survey atmospheric and upper ocean conditions across the shelf near Duck, NC out across the Gulf Stream (Oct/Nov 2015) and in the upwelling region off southern California (Sep/Oct 2017).

Fieldwork will consist of coordinated surveys by two ships, AUV and Aircraft (CIRPAS Twin Otter). Ship-based work will include AUV deployment/recovery, wirewalker mooring deployments with surface buoys with atmospheric measurements, ship-based atmospheric measurements (rawindsondes, tethered balloon measurements, ceilometer, wind lidar) and upper ocean measurements (CTD, ADCP, microstructure profiler). AUVs to be deployed/recovered includer subsurface gliders and surface wavegliders.
Summary of Facility Requirements: We will need ship's CTD/ADCP. A frame and deck space for mooring deployment/recoveries, and AUV deployment/recoveries. Deck space and/or mounting locations for atmospheric sensors.
Summary of other requirements and comments: Coordination with CIRPAS Twin Otter Aircraft for atmosphere-ocean surveys and tethered balloon atmospheric measurements made from the ship.
Ship Request Identification
Type of Request: Primary Ship Use Request Status: Submitted
Request ID: 1008607 Created By: Robert K. Shearman
Date Last Modified: 9/28/2016 4:57:00 PM Date Submitted: 6/21/2016 2:12:00 PM
Requested Ship, Operating Days and Dates
Year: 2017 Ship/Facility: Sally Ride
Optimum Start Date: 10/1/2017 Dates to Avoid: August and November do not typically have the right atmospheric conditions for our research.
Earliest Start Date: 9/1/2017 Multi-Ship Op: Yes
Latest Start Date: 10/20/2017 Other Ship(s): FLIP and Ocean/Global Class research vessel coordinating with CIRPAS Twin Otter aircraft

Operating Days Needed: Science Days Mob Days De-Mob Days Estimated Transit Days Total Days
28 3 2 1 34
Repeating Cruise?
(within same year)
No Interval:   # of Cruises:  

Description of Repeating cruise requirements: n/a
Justification/Explanation for ship choice, dates,
conflicts, number of days & multi-ship operations:
We need specific atmospheric conditions that occur seasonally in Sep/Oct. October is preferred because of other cruise conflicts with one of the PIs. We have a large number of participating scientists so an Ocean or Global class ship is required.
Work Area for Cruise
Short Description of Op Area
for use in schedules:
So. Cal.
Description of Op Area: Southern California Bight
Op Area Size/Dia.: 100
  Lat/Long Marsden Grid Navy Op Area
34.946° N / 119.884° W map
120 map
NP09 map
34.946° N / 119.884° W map
120 map
NP09 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)?
Yes 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.)
not planning to leave US EEZ
Port Calls
Requested Start Port Intermediate Port(s) Requested End Port
San Diego, CA, USA None, , None, San Diego, CA, USA
Explanation/justification for requested
ports and dates of intermediate stops
or to list additional port stops
We assumed it would be easiest to operate in/out of the Scripps Marine facility, since we're requesting FLIP and an Ocean/Global class vessel.

 Important Info on Working in Foreign Ports

Science Party
Chief Scientist: Qing Wang, NPS
# in Science Party 24 # of different science teams 6 # Marine Technicians to be
provided by ship operator:
(include in science party total)
Explanation of Science Party Requirements and Technician Requirements 24 hour operations are requested, we have multiple research efforts including radar propagation, atmospheric science and oceanography
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.


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.
We will bring one 20 foot van.

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