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  Resonant GoM NIOs  -  2021  -  Savannah  
  Project Information  
Project Title: NSFGEO-NERC: Collaborative Research: Energy transfer between submesoscale vortices and resonantly-forced inertial motions in the northern Gulf of Mexico Project Status: Submitted
Principal Investigator: Robert Hetland, TAMU_CS Project Institution: OrSt
Project ID: 106258 Version #: 5
Date Submitted: 8/13/2018 3:37:00 PM Created By: Robert K. Shearman
Date Last Modified: 4/21/2021 4:44:00 PM URI Serial #: None
Funding Agencies: NSF/OCE/PO - 1851470 - Funded
Summary of Field Work: We are proposing a field program in the Gulf of Mexico to study interaction between submesoscale eddies and near inertial oscillations (NIOs), consisting of two 3-week intensive observational periods, using two research vessels and multiple autonomous surface vehicles (ASVs). We will conduct repeated, approximately 4 day-long coordinated surveys following an array of drifters and dye, as well as some coordinated surveys in a geographically fixed pattern. We will sample features using profiling CTDs, microsctructure profilers, temperature chains, drifters, fluorescent dye, bottom landers and ASVs.
Summary of Facility Requirements: We will require two research vessels capable of rapidlly surveying submesoscale features over the shelf in the Gulf of Mexico. We will bring profiling CTDs, microstructure profilers, temperature chains, drifters, bottom landers, fluorescent dye, ASVs and water column imaging echosounders. We will need research vessel meteorological observations (winds, air-sea temps, relative humidity, long and short wave radiative heat flux), flow through system (temperature and salinity), and ADCPs capable of profiling in shallow water 20 m.
Summary of other requirements and comments:  
Ship Request Identification
Type of Request: Primary Ship Use Request Status: Submitted
Request ID: 1010708 Created By: Robert K. Shearman
Date Last Modified: 4/21/2021 4:44:00 PM Date Submitted: 9/20/2019 8:03:00 PM
Requested Ship, Operating Days and Dates
Year: 2021 Ship/Facility: Savannah
Optimum Start Date: 7/1/2021 Dates to Avoid: Anything in the winter, early spring or late fall. Our research relies on having a dependable diurnal wind and strong buoyant fronts, these features are present during June and July
Earliest Start Date: 6/30/2021 Multi-Ship Op: Yes
Latest Start Date: 8/15/2021 Other Ship(s): We require two research vessels to perform rapide, coordinated surveys of submesoscale features. For the second reseach vessel, we could use RV Savanah or an intermediate research vessel.

Operating Days Needed: Science Days Mob Days De-Mob Days Estimated Transit Days Total Days
21 2 1 12 36
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:
Gulf of Mexico
Description of Op Area: northern Gulf of Mexico off the coasts of Louisiana and Texas
Op Area Size/Dia.: 60
  Lat/Long Marsden Grid Navy Op Area
29.24° N / 90.66° W map
82 map
NA09 map
29.24° N / 90.66° W map
82 map
NA09 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
Galveston, TX, USA Galveston, TX, USA Galveston, TX, USA
Explanation/justification for requested
ports and dates of intermediate stops
or to list additional port stops
Galveston has facilities associate w/ TAMU and is close to the oceanographic region of interest. We would like to schedule a port call in the approximate middle of the cruise in order to transfer science personel

 Important Info on Working in Foreign Ports

Science Party
Chief Scientist: Robert K. Shearman, OrSt
# in Science Party 14 # 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 We require a party size to manage our instrumentation and ASVs, and maintain 24 hour operations. We require sufficient marine technicians to maintain 24 hour operations.
Instrumentation Requirements That Impact Scheduling Decisions
Unselected 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.

pole mounted near surface adcp

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 SpoolerSelected Portable WinchUnselected Turn Table 
Explain Major Ancillary Facilities
Requirements and list description
and provider for "other" systems.
TSE winch or similar for recovering ASVs and bottom landers.

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