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  Eastern IO Habitat  -  2021  -  Roger Revelle  
  Project Information  
Project Title: Collaborative Research: Mesoscale Variability in Nitrogen Sources and Food-Web Dynamics Supporting Larval Southern Bluefin Tuna in the Eastern Indian Ocean Project Status: Submitted
Principal Investigator: Michael R. Landry, SIO Project Institution: SIO
Project ID: 106248 Version #: 6
Date Submitted: 8/13/2018 11:04:00 AM Created By: Michael R. Landry
Date Last Modified: 9/19/2019 4:12:00 PM URI Serial #: None
Funding Agencies: NSF/OCE/BIO - 1851558 - Funded
Summary of Field Work: Requested cruise duration is 34 science + 4 transit days in the eastern Indian Ocean, Indonesian ThroughFlow area (onloading/offloading in Darwin, Australia). We will conduct experimental/biogeochemical studies of nitrogen cycling, plankton dynamics and larval tuna ecology with sampling transects across mesoscale features (10-12 days) and following drifters (Lagrangian design) at various locations in the region (5 individual experiments, each lasting ~4 days). Questions addressed are specific to the NW Monsoon period, which coincides with the spawning peak of Southern Bluefin tuna in the region. The most desirable cruise time is mid-to-late January and February 2021.
Summary of Facility Requirements: R/V REVELLE or similar class vessel (~30 scientists), good station keeping for drifter deployment & recovery in strong winds, high seas
CTD & 24-bottle rosette - T, S, O2, PAR sensor, fluorometer, transmissometer;
Isotope van
Summary of other requirements and comments: Cruise timing is critical to the experimental program, which relates specific aspects of the seasonal (monsoonal winds, N sources) forcing to seasonal spawning of southern bluefin tuna
Ship Request Identification
Type of Request: Primary Ship Use Request Status: Submitted
Request ID: 1010061 Created By: Michael R. Landry
Date Last Modified: 9/19/2019 4:12:00 PM Date Submitted: 8/13/2018 11:04:00 AM
Requested Ship, Operating Days and Dates
Year: 2021 Ship/Facility: Roger Revelle
Optimum Start Date: 1/22/2021 Dates to Avoid: Project is season specific, late NW monsoon coincides with a peak in tuna spawning in the region
Earliest Start Date: 1/15/2021 Multi-Ship Op: No
Latest Start Date: 1/31/2021 Other Ship(s): N/A

Operating Days Needed: Science Days Mob Days De-Mob Days Estimated Transit Days Total Days
34 2 2 4 42
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:
NW Australia
Description of Op Area: NW Australia, south of Indonesia, Indonesian ThroughFlow area
Op Area Size/Dia.: 500-600 nm dia
  Lat/Long Marsden Grid Navy Op Area
14.5° S / 120° E map
360 map
IN05 map
16.6° S / 115° E map
360 map
IN05 map
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Foreign Clearance and Permitting Requirements
Foreign Clearance Required? Yes 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.)
We will apply for Australian clearance if research proposal/cruise is approved. We do not expect this to be a problem as Australian researchers will also be on the cruise and share in data products.
Port Calls
Requested Start Port Intermediate Port(s) Requested End Port
Port Darwin, Australia None, Port Darwin, Australia
Explanation/justification for requested
ports and dates of intermediate stops
or to list additional port stops
Other Australian port of comparable distance to the study region would also be suitable. Port Darwin seems most convenient.

 Important Info on Working in Foreign Ports

Science Party
Chief Scientist: Michael R. Landry, SIO
# in Science Party 30 # of different science teams 6 # Marine Technicians to be
provided by ship operator:
(include in science party total)
Explanation of Science Party Requirements and Technician Requirements This will be a large collaborative project with 24/7 deck operations. Two Res Techs are therefore needed.
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 DivingSelected 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.

14C primary production measurements

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
Selected 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.
Radioisotope van needed for 14C primary production measurements.

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