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  OASIS  -  2018  -  Atlantis  
  Project Information  
Project Title: Melting in the Off-Axis Environment - Field and Modeling Studies of the 8° 20'N Seamount Chain and EPR Axis Project Status: Submitted
Principal Investigator: Patricia Gregg, UIUC Project Institution: UIUC
Project ID: 105716 Version #: 6
Date Submitted: 2/21/2017 3:22:00 PM Created By: Patricia Gregg
Date Last Modified: 3/22/2018 11:39:00 AM URI Serial #: None
Funding Agencies: NSF/OCE/MGG - 1356610 - Funded
Summary of Field Work: We lost 4 days due to a medical emergency during our expedition in November 2016. This RST is for the replacement of the lost days. The loss of 4 days meant that we lost 4 Alvin Dives and ~8 dredges. We are requesting 4 days of ship time on the R/V Atlantis to make up lost Alvin Dives during the day operations and complete 8 dredges during the night operations.

Update 11/22/2017: We request an additional 3 days of science time to complete a reconnaissance mission to 9 50'N to investigate a potential recent eruption on the East Pacific Rise Ridge Axis. This time will include 2-3 AUV Sentry dives to create detailed maps of the axial volcanic zone and 2-3 HOV Alvin Dives to ground-truth and collect samples.

Our total science time request is 7 days: 4 days on location at the 8 20'N Seamounts and 3 days on site at 9 50'N East Pacific Rise.

Update: March 22, 2018, We are submitting an NSF EAGER to support the EPR 9 50N work, to include an Early Career training opportunity. As such, I have submitted a new STR that will encompass this effort.
Summary of Facility Requirements: We require the use of the R/V Atlantis, dredges, AUV Sentry, and HOV Alvin.
Summary of other requirements and comments: Due to weather constraints (hurricane season) the days need to fall between January 2018 and June 2018. As two of the co-Chiefs (Perfit and Gregg) have teaching obligations during the term, we request that or 4-day period not be tacked on as ancillary to a long expedition as it would put undue burden on two of the PI's home institutions.

Update 11/22/2017: We request an additional 3 days of science time to complete a reconnaissance mission to 9 50'N to investigate a potential recent eruption on the East Pacific Rise Ridge Axis. We will steam directly to 9 50'N as soon as the 4th HOV Alvin Dive at the 8 20'N Seamounts has been completed.

Our total science time request is 7 days: 4 days on location at the 8 20'N Seamounts and 3 days on site at 9 50'N East Pacific Rise.
Ship Request Identification
Type of Request: Primary Ship Use Request Status: Submitted
Request ID: 1009265 Created By: Patricia Gregg
Date Last Modified: 3/22/2018 11:39:00 AM Date Submitted: 2/21/2017 3:22:00 PM
Requested Ship, Operating Days and Dates
Year: 2018 Ship/Facility: Atlantis
Optimum Start Date: 1/1/2018 Dates to Avoid: June - October is hurricane season.
Earliest Start Date: 1/1/2018 Multi-Ship Op: No
Latest Start Date: 6/1/2017 Other Ship(s): n/a

Operating Days Needed: Science Days Mob Days De-Mob Days Estimated Transit Days Total Days
4 2 1 3 10
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:
Work Area for Cruise
Short Description of Op Area
for use in schedules:
8°20'N Seamount
Description of Op Area: 8° 20'N Seamount Chain, north of the Siqueiros Fracture Zone near the 9°N segment of the East Pacific Rise.
Op Area Size/Dia.: 200
  Lat/Long Marsden Grid Navy Op Area
8.3° N / 107° W map
11 map
NP13 map
8.3° N / 107° W map
11 map
NP13 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
Manzanillo, Mexico None Manzanillo, Mexico
Explanation/justification for requested
ports and dates of intermediate stops
or to list additional port stops
Manzanillo, Mexico is the closest port and will minimize transit time.

 Important Info on Working in Foreign Ports

Science Party
Chief Scientist: Patricia Gregg, UIUC
# in Science Party 10 # of different science teams 2 # Marine Technicians to be
provided by ship operator:
(include in science party total)
Explanation of Science Party Requirements and Technician Requirements We will be conducting overnight ops so require enough watch standers to cover both day and night time operations.
Instrumentation Requirements That Impact Scheduling Decisions
Unselected Dynamic PositioningUnselected ADCPSelected MultibeamUnselected Seismic
Selected Dredging/Coring/Large Dia. Trawl WireUnselected Stern A-frameUnselected Fiber Optic (.681)Unselected 0.680 Coax Wire
Selected 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 will have 4 Alvin Dives, 8 dredges, and fill in the remaining multibeam for our survey area.

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 AUVSelected 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)
Selected 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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