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  PAPA  -  2018  -  Thomas G. Thompson  
  Project Information  
Project Title: Ocean Climate Station PAPA Project Status: Submitted
Principal Investigator: Meghan Cronin, NOAA_PMEL Project Institution: NOAA_PMEL
Project ID: 105731 Version #: 2
Date Submitted: 3/3/2017 6:44:00 PM Created By: Paul Kunicki
Date Last Modified: 9/5/2017 4:51:00 PM URI Serial #: None
Funding Agencies: NOAA/OAR - NONE - Funded
Summary of Field Work: In June 2007, a NOAA surface mooring time series was initiated at Station Papa with funding from an NSF grant to Dr. Steve Emerson (University of Washington) to study the North Pacific Carbon Cycle. At the conclusion of the NSF process study in 2009, NOAA's Office of Climate Observations took over support of the OCS mooring. The OCS mooring is nominally located at 50.1°N, 144.9°W.

Station Papa continues to be a favorite location for process studies. In recent years the station has been enhanced with a glider, subsurface ADCP moorings, profiling floats, a noise reference station mooring, and a wave measuring buoy. Many of these observations are still underway. Beginning in 2014, the NSF Ocean Observing Initiative (OOI) enhanced Station Papa with an array of subsurface moorings, making it one of four Global Nodes.
Summary of Facility Requirements: A global class vessel capable of deep ocean mooring operations is required for annual servicing of the PAPA mooring. May-September is the optimum season for cycling the mooring site.
Summary of other requirements and comments: Capability to conduct a CTD cast to 600 meters is desirable but not required.
Ship Request Identification
Type of Request: Collaborative Ship Use Request Status: Submitted
Request ID: 1009305 Created By: Paul Kunicki
Date Last Modified: 9/5/2017 4:51:00 PM Date Submitted: 3/3/2017 6:44:00 PM
Requested Ship, Operating Days and Dates
Year: 2018 Ship/Facility: Thomas G. Thompson
Optimum Start Date: 6/15/2018 Dates to Avoid: Sea conditions generally preclude mooring operations before late spring and after late summer
Earliest Start Date: 5/15/2018 Multi-Ship Op: No
Latest Start Date: 9/15/2018 Other Ship(s):

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:   # of Cruises:  

Description of Repeating cruise requirements:
Justification/Explanation for ship choice, dates,
conflicts, number of days & multi-ship operations:
This is a collaborative request for ship time to support annual maintenance of the PAPA mooring site. Typical annual support by Canada DFO's Line PAPA program and the CCGS John Tully is in jeopardy due to the Tully's repair schedule for 2018. So an alternative is being sought with UNOLS, in particular for any global-class vessels which may be transiting to station PAPA, e.g., the OOI-PAPA cruise.
Work Area for Cruise
Short Description of Op Area
for use in schedules:
North Pacific
Description of Op Area: Station PAPA
Op Area Size/Dia.: 3 NM
  Lat/Long Marsden Grid Navy Op Area
50.1° N / 144.9° W map
195 map
NP06 map
50.1° N / 144.9° 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.)
Port Calls
Requested Start Port Intermediate Port(s) Requested End Port
None None None
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: Meghan Cronin, NOAA_PMEL
# in Science Party 2 # 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
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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