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  Ocean Geopaths  -  2021  -  Robert Gordon Sproul  
  Project Information  
Project Title: Collaborative Research: GP-EXTRA: Oceanographic shipboard and lab research for diverse students: experiential learning as a gateway to geoscience careers Project Status: Submitted
Principal Investigator: Anthony Rathburn, CSUB Project Institution: CSUB
Project ID: 105547 Version #: 6
Date Submitted: 10/10/2016 4:49:00 PM Created By: Anthony Rathburn
Date Last Modified: 6/17/2020 11:33:00 PM URI Serial #: None
Funding Agencies: NSF/GEO/ICER - 1700942 - Funded
Summary of Field Work: Characterization of living and fossil benthic foraminifera and sediment properties in different seafloor habitats to generate modern analogs for assessments of environmental changes and paleoenvironmental history based on fossil foraminifera. Cruises will focus on hands-on training and research experience for students.
We propose to collect seafloor sediment samples from 3 areas on 2 short cruises per year. Ideally, one cruise would be in the summer, and the other would be on a weekend during the school year. The weekend trip would visit 3 sites on a transect (maximum depth 380 m), and the summer trip would visit 2 sites (about 1000 m water depth). All sites are in the Southern California Bight off San Diego.
Summary of Facility Requirements: Weekend cruises: multicorer, large Van veen grab; CTD with 12 bottle rosette, O2 sensor, transmissometer, fluorometer, PAR sensor, 2 pingers, sample storage refrigerator, freezer, -80 freezer, Secchi disc, 3.5 khtz profiler
Summer cruises: multicorer, large Van veen grab; piston corer, CTD with 12 bottle rosette, O2 sensor, transmissometer, fluorometer, PAR sensor, 2 pingers, sample storage refrigerator, freezer, -80 freezer, Secchi disc, 3.5 khtz profiler; side scan sonar; walk in cold room; A-frame and ship-side winch operation deployments
Summary of other requirements and comments: We plan to operate 24 hours/day and it would be preferable to have two res techs on board. On the weekend cruises, we plan to make three 8-hour legs, exchanging students each time (we have done this many times through the years using the Sproul to make these sampling legs to visit the same locations).
Ship Request Identification
Type of Request: Primary Ship Use Request Status: Submitted
Request ID: 1008990 Created By: Anthony Rathburn
Date Last Modified: 6/17/2020 11:33:00 PM Date Submitted: 10/10/2016 4:49:00 PM
Requested Ship, Operating Days and Dates
Year: 2021 Ship/Facility: Robert Gordon Sproul
Optimum Start Date: 9/23/2021 Dates to Avoid: avoid weekdays--
weekends preferred early in school year
Earliest Start Date: 9/16/2017 Multi-Ship Op: No
Latest Start Date: 10/14/2017 Other Ship(s): This cruise is planned as a 48-hour weekend trip, visiting 3 sites near San Diego during 3 legs. Each leg will visit a different set of sites, returning to MarFac to exchange students after each leg. We have done this many times over the years on the Sproul. We propose to do this each year for 3 years. A second summer cruise (separate ship time request) per year is also planned, using a larger ship to sample deeper sites during 1 leg voyages.
Preferred dates include:
9/23-9/24; 9/30-10/1; 10/7-10/8; 10/14-10/15 or 9/16-9/17

Operating Days Needed: Science Days Mob Days De-Mob Days Estimated Transit Days Total Days
2 0 0 0 2
Repeating Cruise?
(within same year)
No Interval: N/A # of Cruises: 1

Description of Repeating cruise requirements: This cruise will be requested separately (separate ship time request) each year for 3 years
Note that this first of 3 cruises was not undertaken, and would have instead taken place in 2020. However, the 2020 cruise (originally scheduled as one-day, but now authorized for two days) is postponed until 2121 (and authorized by the NSF Program Manager for IUSE Geopaths).
Justification/Explanation for ship choice, dates,
conflicts, number of days & multi-ship operations:
We prefer to schedule this earlier in the school year as samples from this cruise will be used in courses, labs and student research projects.
Work Area for Cruise
Short Description of Op Area
for use in schedules:
USD series site
Description of Op Area: The 3 sites are located roughly due west of Point Loma. Target water depths are 300m (farthest west), 200m and 100m. We have visited these sites with the R/V Sproul many times since 2001.
Op Area Size/Dia.: 5.5
  Lat/Long Marsden Grid Navy Op Area
32.666667° N / 117.4° W map
120 map
NP09 map
32.616667° N / 117.333333° 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)?
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
San Diego, CA, USA San Diego, CA, USA San Diego, CA, USA
Explanation/justification for requested
ports and dates of intermediate stops
or to list additional port stops
We plan a voyage with 3 legs so that we can involve as many students as possible during the 24-hour cruise (we have used this method many times over the years). After visiting site one, we would return to MarFac to replace student participants, and then sample site 2, repeating the procedure for site 3.

 Important Info on Working in Foreign Ports

Science Party
Chief Scientist: Sarah Gray, USD
# 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 There would be 3 different science teams (one for each leg), with about 25 in each science party. We require 2 res. techs for 24-hour operations.
Instrumentation Requirements That Impact Scheduling Decisions
Unselected Dynamic PositioningUnselected 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 require an Ocean Instruments multicorer and Van Veen grab sampler along with a CTD.
Winch and wire will need to accommodate multicoring, grab sampling and CTD deployment to 400m (max target depth is 300m).

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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