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  niskin  -  2018  -  Neil Armstrong  
  Project Information  
Project Title: Near Inertial Shear and KInetic energy in the North Atlantic ( NISKIN) Project Status: Submitted
Principal Investigator: Jennifer A. MacKinnon, SIO Project Institution: SIO
Project ID: 105750 Version #: 5
Date Submitted: 3/20/2017 2:15:00 PM Created By: Jennifer A. MacKinnon
Date Last Modified: 12/7/2017 5:21:00 PM URI Serial #: None
Funding Agencies: NAVY/ONR - NONE - Funded
Summary of Field Work: Ship-board measurements (towed body, ADCP), short drifter deployments, glider launch/recovery designed to look at wind-generated near-inertial internal waves in the North Atlantic, in the vicinity of Greenland/Iceland. This is being submitted per request of our ONR program manager, Dr. Terri Paluszkiewicz. This is a new DRI that will involve fieldwork over the next several years, but she would like the potential for a "pilot" experiment in spring 2018.
Summary of Facility Requirements: Global research class vessel.
Summary of other requirements and comments:  
Ship Request Identification
Type of Request: Primary Ship Use Request Status: Submitted
Request ID: 1009324 Created By: Jennifer A. MacKinnon
Date Last Modified: 12/7/2017 5:21:00 PM Date Submitted: 3/20/2017 2:15:00 PM
Requested Ship, Operating Days and Dates
Year: 2018 Ship/Facility: Neil Armstrong
Optimum Start Date: 5/1/2018 Dates to Avoid: We would like May fieldwork, as earlier sprnig conditions are likely to be too rough for the proposed work, but by summer the storms we hope to study will be too infrequent. We are coordinating with a late spring 2018 target proposal for a different (also ONR) project, CALPYSO, submitted by Dr. Amala Mahadevan.
Earliest Start Date: 4/24/2017 Multi-Ship Op: No
Latest Start Date: 5/22/2017 Other Ship(s): N/A

Operating Days Needed: Science Days Mob Days De-Mob Days Estimated Transit Days Total Days
14 2 2 2 20
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:
We are looking at storm generated internal waves, which makes spring the ideal choice. The target area is south of the Iceland/Greenland region, in the winter storm track. However, February or earlier is likely to be too rough for the proposed work, hence the March/April suggestion. We are coordinating this request with one for another ONR project, CALPYSO, submitted by Dr. Amala Mahadevan; they have requested May 2018.
Work Area for Cruise
Short Description of Op Area
for use in schedules:
North Atlantic
Description of Op Area: Region south of Greenland/Iceland.
Op Area Size/Dia.: 200
  Lat/Long Marsden Grid Navy Op Area
61.161° N / 30.927° W map
220 map
NA01 map
61.161° N / 30.927° W map
220 map
NA01 map
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Foreign Clearance and Permitting Requirements
Foreign Clearance Required? Yes Coastal States:

Greenland, Iceland
 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)?
Yes If yes, have you applied for the necessary permits through your export control office? Yes
 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
Reykjavik, Iceland None, Reykjavik, Iceland
Explanation/justification for requested
ports and dates of intermediate stops
or to list additional port stops
Work will be south of Iceland, this is the closest port.

 Important Info on Working in Foreign Ports

Science Party
Chief Scientist: Jennifer A. MacKinnon, SIO
# in Science Party 15 # 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 This is a pilot for a new ONR DRI, participating of multiple research groups from different institutions is anticipated.
Instrumentation Requirements That Impact Scheduling Decisions
Selected 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 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.

For deployment recover of assets and precision sampling, dynamic position is requested.

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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