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  SFER  -  2018  -  F. G. Walton Smith  
  Project Information  
Project Title: South Florida Ecosystem Restoration Research (SFER) Project Status: Submitted
Principal Investigator: Christopher R. Kelble, NOAA_AOML Project Institution: RSMAS
Project ID: 105360 Version #: 4
Date Submitted: 7/5/2016 12:04:00 PM Created By: Richard R. Behn
Date Last Modified: 2/21/2019 8:54:00 AM URI Serial #: None
Funding Agencies: NOAA/OAR - 104393 - Funded
Summary of Field Work: Collect coordinated measurements of coastal physics, biology, and chemistry for analytical interpretation of the coupled local, regional, and remote processes influencing the transport and exchange of South Florida coastal waters and their suspended and dissolved constituents. Thus, this research will require the use of a well calibrated flow through system measuring temperature, salinity, chlorophyll a, and Chromophoric Dissolved Organic Matter. CTD casts will be conducted at discrete section to survey the vertical structure of the water column and collect samples at depth. In addition, there will be some biological sampling. Plankton tows will be conducted at roughly ten stations to assess the zooplankton community in the area. Otter trawls will be conducted to survey the benthic juvenile fish community most likely in the area of Marquesas. To do this characterization we will conduct six five-day cruises. Each cruise will begin sampling near Fowey Rocks off of Biscayne Bay and will continue sampling along the Florida Keys to the Dry Tortugas. The survey will then head northeast to Charlotte Harbor and sample along the southwest Florida shelf south to Cape Sable before returning back to Miami. Ideal dates for cruise departures are Jan 2017, Mar 2017, May 2017, July 2017, Sep 2017, and Nov 2017.
Summary of Facility Requirements: Flow-through with well calibrated Temperature, salinity, chlorophyll a, and CDOM sensors. Also the ability to sample this flow-through for nutrients and inorganic carbon. CTD with chlorophyll a flouorometer, CDOM fluorometer, PAR sensor, turbidity sensor, and 12 bottle rosette. Ability to tow plankton nets and otter trawls and launch small boats for nearshore sampling.
Summary of other requirements and comments:  
Ship Request Identification
Type of Request: Primary Ship Use Request Status: Submitted
Request ID: 1009257 Created By: Richard R. Behn
Date Last Modified: 2/21/2019 8:54:00 AM Date Submitted: 2/20/2017 10:03:00 AM
Requested Ship, Operating Days and Dates
Year: 2018 Ship/Facility: F. G. Walton Smith
Optimum Start Date: 1/18/2018 Dates to Avoid:  
Earliest Start Date: 1/15/2018 Multi-Ship Op: No
Latest Start Date: 1/29/2018 Other Ship(s):

Operating Days Needed: Science Days Mob Days De-Mob Days Estimated Transit Days Total Days
30 0 0 0 30
Repeating Cruise?
(within same year)
Yes Interval: 2 months # of Cruises: 6

Description of Repeating cruise requirements: Ideally, this would be conducted every other month to accurately quantify seasonal variability. After the first cruise optimal start dates would be March 2017, May 2017, July 2017, September 2017, and November 2017. All cruises are for 5 science days.
Justification/Explanation for ship choice, dates,
conflicts, number of days & multi-ship operations:
The Walton Smith is stationed in our study site and fits the requirements with no transit required. It is also the ship specifically funded with the NOAA charter ship time requests that is sponsoring this ship time. It also conducts 24-hour operations which is necessary to complete this project in the allotted time.
Work Area for Cruise
Short Description of Op Area
for use in schedules:
South Florida
Description of Op Area: From Fowey Rocks to Key West and into Florida Bay
Op Area Size/Dia.: 1000
  Lat/Long Marsden Grid Navy Op Area
NA09 map
NA09 map
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
Miami, FL, USA None, Miami, FL, 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: Christopher R. Kelble, NOAA_AOML
# in Science Party 6 # 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 Standard science party and tech requirements
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.

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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