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  EXPORTS  -  2018  -  Global  
  Project Information  
Project Title: EXport Processes in the Ocean from RemoTe Sensing (EXPORTS) Project Status: Submitted
Principal Investigator: Paula Bontempi, NASA Headquarters Project Institution: NASA Headquarters
Project ID: 105629 Version #: 4
Date Submitted: 2/2/2017 11:02:00 AM Created By: Paula Bontempi
Date Last Modified: 10/10/2017 11:23:00 AM URI Serial #: None
Funding Agencies: NASA - NONE - Funded
Summary of Field Work: Predict the export and fate of ocean Net Primary Production (NPP) from satellite and other observations. Goal is to sample multiple ecosystem states during field work in the NE Pacific (circa Station P).
Summary of Facility Requirements: One ocean and one global class ship desired.
Can discuss/negotiate two ocean class ships.

2018 field work will be focused on in situ work for 40 days (somewhat negotiable) between the second half of August to second week in October (2018) timeframe.
Summary of other requirements and comments:  
Ship Request Identification
Type of Request: Primary Ship Use Request Status: Submitted
Request ID: 1009118 Created By: Paula Bontempi
Date Last Modified: 10/10/2017 11:23:00 AM Date Submitted: 2/2/2017 11:02:00 AM
Requested Ship, Operating Days and Dates
Year: 2018 Ship/Facility: Global
Optimum Start Date: 8/15/2018 Dates to Avoid: Due to the need to sample a range of ecosystem states and the need for light (bio-optics and remote sensing) the dates have some flexibility but not endless flexibility. Willing to negotiate. 30-40 science days on each vessel preferable.
Earliest Start Date: 8/1/2018 Multi-Ship Op: Yes
Latest Start Date: 9/1/2018 Other Ship(s): The project needs one global and one ocean class ship (one process and one survey vessel).

EXPORTS Science Plan link:

Operating Days Needed: Science Days Mob Days De-Mob Days Estimated Transit Days Total Days
26 3 3 3 35
Repeating Cruise?
(within same year)
No Interval:   # of Cruises:  

Description of Repeating cruise requirements: N. Atl in 2020 if that counts as a repeat (TBD on budget).
Justification/Explanation for ship choice, dates,
conflicts, number of days & multi-ship operations:
One ocean and one global class ship desired.
Can discuss/negotiate two ocean class ships.
2018 field work will be focused on in situ work for no less than 26 days (somewhat
negotiable) between the second half of August to second week in October
(2018) timeframe.
Work Area for Cruise
Short Description of Op Area
for use in schedules:
NE Pacific
Description of Op Area: NE Pacific circa Station P - filling in bogus lat/long or using Station P
Op Area Size/Dia.: TBD
  Lat/Long Marsden Grid Navy Op Area
50° N / 144° W map
195 map
NP06 map
50° N / 144° W map
195 map
NP06 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.)
Selections for this program are underway and the answers to ITAR may change, but not likely.
Port Calls
Requested Start Port Intermediate Port(s) Requested End Port
Seattle, WA, USA None, Seattle, WA, USA
Explanation/justification for requested
ports and dates of intermediate stops
or to list additional port stops

 Important Info on Working in Foreign Ports

Science Party
Chief Scientist: Paula Bontempi, NASA Headquarters
# in Science Party 35 # of different science teams 15 # Marine Technicians to be
provided by ship operator:
(include in science party total)
Explanation of Science Party Requirements and Technician Requirements Selections not yet made. Estimated:
Science Party 30-40
# Science Teams 15
Techs: tbd.
Instrumentation Requirements That Impact Scheduling Decisions
Unselected 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 DivingSelected Radioisotope use - briefly describeUnselected NO Radioisotope use/Natural level workUnselected Other Operator Provided Inst. - Describe
2 PI-Provided Vans - briefly describe Selected MOCNESS  
Explain Instrumentation or Capability
requirements that could affect choice
of ship in scheduling.

Vans possible
Radioisotopes - possible thorium, c14, etc.
should have near final list of equipment by the end of September.

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.
TBD on Vans, may mod request. Will need radioisotope and clean van. Will be near final by October.

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