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  Sentry Mapping EPR  -  2019  -  Atlantis  
  Project Information  
Project Title: Tracking the Run-up to the Next East Pacific Rise (EPR) Volcanic Eruption Near 9° 50’N:
1. Sentry AUV Surveys to Establish the Pre-eruption Surface of the EPR Crest Between 9° 45’-53’N
Project Status: Submitted
Principal Investigator: Daniel J. Fornari, WHOI Project Institution: WHOI
Project ID: 106500 Version #: 2
Date Submitted: 5/21/2019 4:45:00 PM Created By: Daniel J. Fornari
Date Last Modified: 7/23/2019 1:32:00 PM URI Serial #: None
Funding Agencies: NSF/OCE/BIO - NONE - Funded
Summary of Field Work: There is an urgent need to more completely map the ‘pre-next’ eruption seafloor in the 9 45’-53’N EPR area, which was subjected to the volcanic eruptions emplaced in 2005-2006. Having the pre-eruption surface will be essential to quantitatively understanding the erupted volume of lava as well as the volcanic emplacement processes associated with a MOR seafloor eruption, and the impacts to the hydrothermal system along this portion of a fast-spreading MOR where so many research experiments have been carried out and which is still a focused area of study for many biologists, chemists and marine geologists.
Summary of Facility Requirements: AUV Sentry with wave glider for 12 days on station. the Wave glider is essential for the Sentry surveys to not negatively impact the conduct of the Alvin diving or RV Atlantis operations at night when Sentry is diving. We would need to use the wave glider from WHOI to ensure good communications and navigation for Sentry. That additional capability is estimated to cost ~$30k and NDSF Sentry group has requested this directly via their facility operations grant.

The Sentry mapping program that would be accomplished during the already funded/planned ~10 days of on-station time that are needed for the Alvin dives to accomplish the Sylvan and Mullineaux field program. That amount of on-station time is sufficient for us to accomplish both the Sylvan off-axis extinct vent mapping and the larger ‘pre-next eruption’ near-bottom multibeam and sidescan mapping with the Sentry AUV.
Summary of other requirements and comments: 5 sentry ops team members plus 2 scientists to oversee the Sentry field data acquisition and processing (Fornari and Parnell-Turner). Fornari and Parnell-Turner do not require any additional funding for this data acquisition effort (either travel or salary - we can find internal institution funds to support our work to acquire the data). 2 Sentry operations personnel will be able to berth in Alvin berthing - this has been confirmed by Bruce Strickrott - the Alvin group manager.
Ship Request Identification
Type of Request: Collaborative Ship Use Request Status: Submitted
Request ID: 1010485 Created By: Daniel J. Fornari
Date Last Modified: 7/17/2019 3:17:00 PM Date Submitted: 5/21/2019 4:45:00 PM
Requested Ship, Operating Days and Dates
Year: 2019 Ship/Facility: Atlantis
Optimum Start Date: 12/15/2019 Dates to Avoid: avoid June through September for EPR 9 50N area due to bad weather
Earliest Start Date: 12/1/2019 Multi-Ship Op: No
Latest Start Date: 2/1/2020 Other Ship(s): n/a

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: 1

Description of Repeating cruise requirements: n/a
Justification/Explanation for ship choice, dates,
conflicts, number of days & multi-ship operations:
We are requesting the Sentry AUV for mapping during an Alvin dive program to the EPR crest at 9 50N for Jason Sylvan and Lauren Mullineaux. A wave glider is needed so that the Sentry ops do not interfere with the Alvin or RV Atlantis operations.
Work Area for Cruise
Short Description of Op Area
for use in schedules:
EPR 9 50N
Description of Op Area: East Pacific Rise axis between 9 45'-53'N
Op Area Size/Dia.: 40 sq nm
  Lat/Long Marsden Grid Navy Op Area
9.75° N / 104.266667° W map
11 map
NP13 map
9.883333° N / 104.333333° W map
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NP13 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
San Diego, CA, USA None Manzanillo, Mexico
Explanation/justification for requested
ports and dates of intermediate stops
or to list additional port stops
san diego to load sentry

 Important Info on Working in Foreign Ports

Science Party
Chief Scientist: Daniel J. Fornari, WHOI
# in Science Party 7 # 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 Sentry group is 5 people
2 science team members - Fornari and Parnell-Turner
Instrumentation Requirements That Impact Scheduling Decisions
Selected 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 workSelected 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.

Sentry AUV in conjunction with HOV Alvin operations
WHOI Wave glider for Sentry operations

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 AUVSelected 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.
The Sentry mapping program that would be accomplished during the already funded/planned ~12 days of on-station time that are needed for the ROV Jason dives to accomplish the Sylvan and Mullineaux field program. That amount of on-station time is sufficient for us to accomplish both the Sylvan off-axis extinct vent mapping and the larger ‘pre-next eruption’ near-bottom multibeam and sidescan mapping with the Sentry AUV.

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