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  MISO-BOB  -  2019  -  Thomas G. Thompson  
  Project Information  
Project Title: Monsoon Intraseasonal Oscillations in the Bay of Bengal (Office of Naval Research) Project Status: Submitted
Principal Investigator: Emily Shroyer, ONR Project Institution: OSU-CEOAS
Project ID: 106003 Version #: 1
Date Submitted: 1/16/2018 4:57:00 PM Created By: Emily Shroyer
Date Last Modified: 5/3/2018 1:38:00 PM URI Serial #: None
Funding Agencies: NAVY/ONR - NONE - Funded
Summary of Field Work: This is a continuation of US-India-Sri Lanka collaboration collaboration. R/V Roger Revelle made port calls from Chennai and Colombo in 2013, 2015, and 2016. The R/V Thomson will continue work this year in June/July 2018, making measurements in Sri Lankan (2018 only) and international waters. During these cruises US, Indian, and Sri Lankan scientists worked together to measure air-sea fluxes, near-surface, and ocean boundary layers for improved prediction of the monsoon at the intraseasonal time scale.

This work needs to occur during the summer monsoon (mid-June through mid-September) and should span 60 days with one to two port calls (i.e., two 30 day legs). We are now organizing a dual operation with the C130 group from Biloxi, MS. Aircraft operations are limited to June 10 to June 24 2019, so we are requesting a start date of June 10.

Due to logistical reasons shipping of gear in and out of India has been problematic. We will likely need to have a short port call in Sri Lanka at the end of the cruises. For example, Leg 1 could be in and out of Sri Lanka, Leg 2 could be in and out of India, and then a final stop in Sri Lanka would be needed to remove and ship gear. An alternate schedule that may work would be to have Leg 1 in and out of Sri Lanka, and Leg 2 mobilizing from India and demobilizing from Sri Lanka. These details will need to be facilitated with ship scheduler, ONR, PIs and partner countries.
Summary of Facility Requirements: We require a global class vessel (e.g., Thomson or Revelle) with CTD/rosette, ADCP, multi-beam/echosounder, standard atmospheric meteorological sensors, sufficient deck space/A-frame for mooring deployments/recoveries, and van space for containers. We may need to add additional atmospheric flux sensors to forward mast.
Summary of other requirements and comments: The project start and end dates reflect the requested start and end times for the cruise. As per above, dual operations with the C130 group are limited to June 10-June 24, 2019.
Ship Request Identification
Type of Request: Primary Ship Use Request Status: Submitted
Request ID: 1009692 Created By: Emily Shroyer
Date Last Modified: 1/16/2018 4:57:00 PM Date Submitted: 1/16/2018 4:57:00 PM
Requested Ship, Operating Days and Dates
Year: 2019 Ship/Facility: Thomas G. Thompson
Optimum Start Date: 6/10/2019 Dates to Avoid: C130 operations are limited to June 10-24th 2019, cruise needs to overlap with this period and occur within the summer monsoon.
Earliest Start Date: 6/1/2019 Multi-Ship Op: No
Latest Start Date: 6/10/2019 Other Ship(s):

Operating Days Needed: Science Days Mob Days De-Mob Days Estimated Transit Days Total Days
60 2 2 3 67
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:
The global class ship is requested due to the anticipated size of the science party. This project involves multiple PIs and partnerships within Sri Lanka and India. As part of these partnerships we include a large number of students and post docs from these countries as part of the science team.

The science aim of this project is to look at intraseasonal oscillations (ISO) in the monsoon. The time scale of the ISO is long-- nominally 45 to 60 days. In order to observe the phenomenon of interest and allow for time to recover moorings and other drifting assets, we are requesting 60 science days.
Work Area for Cruise
Short Description of Op Area
for use in schedules:
Bay of Bengal
Description of Op Area: Cruise activities will occur in international waters of the Bay of Bengal and within the Sri Lankan EEZ. The 2018 MSR request for operation in the Sri Lankan EEZ has already been approved.
Op Area Size/Dia.: 1000
  Lat/Long Marsden Grid Navy Op Area
4° N / 80° E map
29 map
IN01 map
18° N / 90° E map
64 map
IN02 map
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Foreign Clearance and Permitting Requirements
Foreign Clearance Required? Yes Coastal States:

India, Sri Lanka
 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
Colombo, Sri Lanka Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India Trincomalee Harbor, Sri Lanka
Explanation/justification for requested
ports and dates of intermediate stops
or to list additional port stops
We will need to have one leg in and out of Colombo and a second leg in and out of Chennai. A final stop in Sri Lanka is needed to offload and ship science gear. Please refer to the 2014 (Revelle), 2015 (Revelle), 2018 (Thomson) for previous examples of port calls related to the ASIRI (2014, 2015) and MISO-BOB (2018) work.

 Important Info on Working in Foreign Ports

Science Party
Chief Scientist: Emily Shroyer, ONR
# in Science Party 26 # of different science teams 5 # Marine Technicians to be
provided by ship operator:
(include in science party total)
Explanation of Science Party Requirements and Technician Requirements The global class ship is requested due to the anticipated size of the science party. This project involves multiple PIs and partnerships within Sri Lanka and India. As part of these partnerships we include a large number of students and post docs from these countries as part of the science team.
Instrumentation Requirements That Impact Scheduling Decisions
Selected Dynamic PositioningSelected ADCPSelected 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
2 PI-Provided Vans - briefly describe Unselected MOCNESS  
Explain Instrumentation or Capability
requirements that could affect choice
of ship in scheduling.

Containers will be needed for PI gear, including moorings, drifting platforms/moorings, drifters, floats, and gliders.

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
Selected Mooring SpoolerUnselected Portable WinchUnselected Turn Table 
Explain Major Ancillary Facilities
Requirements and list description
and provider for "other" systems.
One objective of this cruise will be to recover moorings deployed in 2018 in the Bay of Bengal.

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