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  TEP and migrators  -  2021  -  Kilo Moana  
  Project Information  
Project Title: Collaborative Research: Transparent exopolymer and phytoplankton vertical migration as sources for preformed nitrate anomalies in the subtropical N. Pacific Ocean Project Status: Submitted
Principal Investigator: Tracy Villareal, UTMSI Project Institution: UTMSI
Project ID: 106371 Version #: 1
Date Submitted: 2/6/2019 5:38:00 PM Created By: Tracy Villareal
Date Last Modified: 9/20/2019 2:31:00 PM URI Serial #: None
Funding Agencies: NSF/OCE/BIO - 1923667 - Funded
Summary of Field Work: Ten days of ship time are requested to support water column sampling for transparent exopolysmer particles, dissolved carbohydrate, and giant phytoplankton abundance. Deckboard incubations will examine decay of TEP over time. Sampling will be via CTD cast and towed optical systems in the region near and north of Hawaii
Summary of Facility Requirements: CTD rosette with bottles, hydrowire for towing a digital video plankton recorder, lab space for filtration, deckspace for incubations.
Summary of other requirements and comments: small boat. may be used for hand collection of large floating diatom aggregates. Some snorkeling for these collections may be required.
Ship Request Identification
Type of Request: Primary Ship Use Request Status: Submitted
Request ID: 1010248 Created By: Tracy Villareal
Date Last Modified: 2/6/2019 5:38:00 PM Date Submitted: 2/6/2019 5:38:00 PM
Requested Ship, Operating Days and Dates
Year: 2021 Ship/Facility: Kilo Moana
Optimum Start Date: 8/1/2021 Dates to Avoid: Periods outside June to August will miss key features we are examining
Earliest Start Date: 6/1/2021 Multi-Ship Op: No
Latest Start Date: 8/1/2021 Other Ship(s): N/A

Operating Days Needed: Science Days Mob Days De-Mob Days Estimated Transit Days Total Days
10 1 1 2 14
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:
N. Pacific
Description of Op Area: Area near Sta. ALOHA to 10 degrees north of Hawaii
Op Area Size/Dia.: 600
  Lat/Long Marsden Grid Navy Op Area
NP12 map
NP12 map
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
Honolulu, HI, USA None Honolulu, HI, USA
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: Tracy Villareal, UTMSI
# in Science Party 15 # 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 Only a single technician is required for CTD support and for deployment/recovery operations. The balance of the science party are the 2 PIs, postdoc, graduate students, and undergraduates required for sample collections and incubations. At least 6 undergrads and a science education will be part of the scientific party for the Broader Impacts component
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.

small boat capability for diatom aggregate collection. No blue water diving is planned. The video plankton recorder is towed while oscillating between the surface and 300 m, and typically uses non-conducting cable.

A west coast ship would be acceptable as long as the transit time was allocated to keep the required number of science days.

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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