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  US GO-SHIP  -  2022  -  Global  
  Project Information  
Project Title: Collaborative Research: US GO-SHIP 2021-2026 Repeat Hydrography, Carbon and Tracers Project Status: Submitted
Principal Investigator: Lynne D. Talley, SIO Project Institution: UCSD
Project ID: 106675 Version #: 4
Date Submitted: 2/11/2020 4:20:00 PM Created By: Isabella Rosso
Date Last Modified: 7/20/2021 4:07:00 PM URI Serial #: None
Funding Agencies: NSF/OCE/PO - 1437015 - Funded
Summary of Field Work: Year Line Leader Days_at_sea Bio_days Port_start Port_mid Port_end
2021 A10 NOAA 35 0 Cape Town (ZA) N/A Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
2021 A20/A22 UNOLS 72 (2 legs total) 2 Bridgetown (Barbados) Woods Hole, MA (USA) Bridgetown (Barbados)
2022 P02 UNOLS 87 (2 legs total) 3 Yokohama (JAP) Honolulu, HI (USA) San Diego, CA (USA)
2022 P04E UNOLS/NOAA 50 2 Puntarenas, Costa Rica Majuro, Marshall Islands
2023 A16N NOAA 56 (2 legs total) 0 Reykjavik (Iceland) Funchal (Portugal) Natal (Brazil)
2023 I08S UNOLS 41 2 Fremantle (AU) N/A Fremantle (AU)
2023 I09N UNOLS 39 2 Fremantle (AU) N/A Phuket (Thailand)
2024 A16S NOAA 45 0 Recife (BRA) N/A Punta Arenas (Chile)
2024 P16S/P16C UNOLS 94 (2 legs total) 4 Hobart (AU) Papeete (Tahiti) Honolulu, HI (USA)
2025 P16N NOAA 33 0 Honolulu, HI (USA) N/A Seattle, WA (USA)
2025 S04P UNOLS 73 3 Hobart (AU) N/A Punta Arenas (Chile)
2025 ARC01 UNOLS 45 5 Dutch Harbor, AK (USA) N/A Tromso (Norway)
2026 P06 UNOLS 92 (2 legs total) 4 Sydney (AU) Papeete (Tahiti) Valparaiso (Chile)

We plan to carry out trans-oceanic sections of reference-quality surface-to-bottom measurements of temperature, salinity, dissolved oxygen, nutrients, CFCs, carbon system parameters, and other tracers along the tracks of previously-occupied sections, chiefly from the WOCE era, so that the WOCE, CLIVAR, 2015-2020 US GO-SHIP, and new data can be compared.

This work is part of a systematic and global re-occupation of selected hydrographic sections being carried out to quantify changes in storage and transport of heat, fresh water, carbon dioxide (CO2) and related parameters. By integrating the scientific needs of the carbon and hydrography/tracer communities, major synergies and cost savings are achieved.

The work consists of boundary-to-boundary sections of full-depth stations, at nominal 30-nmile spacing in basin interiors (closer at boundaries and over bathymetric features), with one deployment per station of a CTDO/rosette system with 36 10-liter bottles and LADCP. The ship's standard underway systems (including meteorology, surface seawater T/S/O2/pCO2/etc., centerline depth to bottom, navigation, hull-mounted ADCP, etc.) are also used.

Program water column measurements include CTDO, salinity, oxygen, nutrients, CFCs, ocean carbon parameters, and various tracers.

Differently from the 2015-2020 US GO-SHIP proposal and program, we plan to also carry out a companion bio-/ecological measurement program (a “Level 2” program in GO-SHIP terminology), with individual components and budgets proposed in separate proposals. As per instructions from NSF Program Officers, the planned number of days needed to complete the bio-/ecological measurements is listed for each cruise (indicated in the “Bio days” column of the table above). The total amount of UNOLS days requested (reported in the “Days at sea” column of the table above) includes also the days required by the bio-/ecological measurement program for each cruise.

Argo float and surface drifting buoys deployments are routinely done.

Requests for ancillary sampling are commonly received in the year (or more) ahead of each cruise. Please check with GO-SHIP cruise coordinator Isa Rosso for any pending or approved additions to ship time or other ship-related logistics requirements.
Summary of Facility Requirements: CTD winch (and spare CTD winch, or spare drum if replaceable at sea on main winch); must be able to level wind the wire used; must be suitable for conducting cable; modern slip-rings in good condition; read-outs for winch speed, tension, and wire out (prefer slave/remote read-outs also available in CTD lab); control of winch payout and recovery speed steady in range 0.1-1.0 meters/second (10-60 meters/minute), with smooth low-speed "inching" during deployment and recovery; wire: UNOLS 0.322" CTD cables required on main CTD winch and spare; sheaves: adequate diameter and construction for UNOLS 0.322" CTD cable; guard to keep cable from jumping sheave when wire goes slack; anti-icing if used in icing conditions; prefer 10,000 meters wire, but require at least 1000 meters more wire than depth of deepest cast; wire history available; lubricant/dressing history and chemical composition available if CFCs or trace organics are to be measured.

The estimated, separately-proposed bio-/ecological program would require a daily rosette cast to 1500 meters (a cast every station on ARC01). The most time-efficient approach would be to use a separate CTD/rosette system deployed via a (possibly portable) CTD winch outfitted with at least 2000 meters of standard CTD cable, via a separate sheave on the ship. If that or other suitable separate bio-/ecological rosette/winch/sheave system cannot be procured, and if it is necessary to use the GO-SHIP rosette, our preliminary estimate is that this would double the extra ship time needed for the bio-/ecological casts for each requested cruise.

We will use nearly all lab space on a UNOLS Global-class ship, plus at least one lab van and 1-3 storage vans. No radioisotope use - in fact, the ship must be swab-tested to be "clean" for 14C and tritium.

Some cruises use 50 or more standard compressed gas cylinders.

Normal ship's underway systems (including pCO2) are required on all program cruises.
Summary of other requirements and comments: Rosso assists logistics coordination for UNOLS, USCG, and USAP cruises for the program. Rosso will hand off cruise planning to the chief scientist for each cruise. The chief scientist is selected by the science oversight committee (chairs: L. Talley and G. Johnson) ca. one year ahead of each cruise. Swift is an unfunded co-Investigator (not co-PI) who is a senior advisor for US GO-SHIP, with special focus on logistics.

Ports listed are commonly-used ports, convenient to the ends of the transects. Other ports can be used, but may change total days required at sea for a given cruise.

It is common for the GO-SHIP program to receive requests for additional sampling, sometimes requiring extra ship time, ahead of a given cruise. (These are called “Level 3” programs in GO-SHIP terminology.) NSF has asked that, whenever possible, such requests be made at least one year ahead of a given cruise so that agency consideration can be given to the impacts and costs of the extra Level 3 days. Please check with GO-SHIP cruise coordinator Isa Rosso for any pending or approved additions to ship time or other ship-related logistics requirements.

A new component of the US GO-SHIP sea program, separately proposed, will be “Level 2” bio-/ecological measurements, with individual components and budgets proposed in separate proposals. At the direction of NSF Program Officers, a preliminary estimate of the ship time and ship resources required for the Level 2 bio-/ecological program is included in these ship time requests (as opposed to being included in the separate bio-/ecological proposals). We estimate the extra ship time at approximately 1 day for every 24 GO-SHIP days at sea, except for the ARC01 cruise, where there would be a bio-/ecological cast at each station. These extra days have been itemized as “Bio days”. As per present practice and Program Officer instructions, approximately one year ahead of each requested cruise, the ship time, technical and personnel resources, and budgets required for each upcoming cruise will be examined and negotiated.

Shipboard complement for the core program is about 27 persons, not including foreign observers (if required), resident technicians, persons from enhanced outreach/educational opportunities, or personnel from add-on ancillary programs (typically 1-12 extra persons). On some cruises all available science berths on global-class research ships are utilized.

There is confusion regarding the definitions of terms on the UNOLS ship time request forms in terms of days requested. Due to complicated loading, each cruise requires 4 days on in-port loading (except for 1 or 2 cruises with multi-day transits to the first station, in which case 3 full days of loading may be sufficient). Each cruise also requires 2 days in port at the end of the cruise for unloading, except when the final stations are very close to port, in which case an extra day in port may be required to analyze the final samples from sea. For cruises with intermediate port stops, we request 2 nights in port (3 UNOLS days). Ship operators may require more time, in which case their extra time should be added to the 3 days.
Ship Request Identification
Type of Request: Primary Ship Use Request Status: Submitted
Request ID: 1010776 Created By: Isabella Rosso
Date Last Modified: 7/20/2021 4:07:00 PM Date Submitted: 2/11/2020 4:20:00 PM
Requested Ship, Operating Days and Dates
Year: 2022 Ship/Facility: Global
Optimum Start Date: 2/1/2022 Dates to Avoid: This is the P02 cruise. The main issue regarding dates is to avoid times of year known to experience heavier seas due to the formation of tropical cyclones, in the western Pacific Ocean (typically between May and October).

If ports change, days at sea will need to be updated.
Earliest Start Date: 1/1/2022 Multi-Ship Op: No
Latest Start Date: 3/1/2022 Other Ship(s): N/A

Operating Days Needed: Science Days Mob Days De-Mob Days Estimated Transit Days Total Days
81 4 2 0 87
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:
Global class ship required. The 87 days include 78 UNOLS days at sea (not counting any port days, but including 3 days for possible bio-/ecological measurements) and a 3-day intermediate port stop in Honolulu, HI, USA, as per previous occupations. Four full days of loading are required at the start port and two for unloading at the end port. If the final station is very close to the end port of the second leg, it is possible that an extra in-port day could be required to analyze the final seawater samples on board.

Cruise can optionally be done from RVIB Nathaniel B. Palmer, in which case the operation window is slightly larger. The cruise can be run in either direction.
Work Area for Cruise
Short Description of Op Area
for use in schedules:
North Pacific
Description of Op Area: This is the P02 cruise. This is a transect across the North Pacific at 30-32.5N.
Op Area Size/Dia.: 4900
  Lat/Long Marsden Grid Navy Op Area
35.4° N / 139.6° E map
131 map
NP07 map
32.7° N / 117.2° W map
120 map
NP09 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.)
Port Calls
Requested Start Port Intermediate Port(s) Requested End Port
Yokohama Ko, Japan Honolulu, HI, USA San Diego, CA, 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: Lynne D. Talley, SIO
# in Science Party 29 # of different science teams 1 # Marine Technicians to be
provided by ship operator:
(include in science party total)
Explanation of Science Party Requirements and Technician Requirements The minimum science team size is about 29, including the res techs. Ancillary, add-on programs not yet proposed, may increase science party size. We have had as many as 38, including the res techs, on some cruises for this program.
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 describeSelected 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.

Dynamic positioning is used to hold station position and maintain wire safety. Multibeam is used only in "raw" mode to inspect bathymetry along track and near stations. Centerline depth to bottom is, however, required along track and at stations. Ship must be swab-tested to verify lack of contamination for 14C and tritium. There is usually one lab van and 1-2 storage vans for this program.

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.
To accommodate the requests from the companion bio-/ecological measurement program, a portable winch to operate with 2000 meters of 0.322" standards UNOLS CTD wire will be requested.

In addition, we normally use a PMEL-supplied lab van for the DIC measurements. There will be 1-2 science-supplied storage vans as well.

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