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  WGC  -  2021  -  USCGC Healy  
  Project Information  
Project Title: RAPID: Fate of freshwater and heat in the West Greenland Current Project Status: Submitted
Principal Investigator: Robert S. Pickart, WHOI Project Institution: WHOI
Project ID: 106829 Version #: 1
Date Submitted: 5/25/2020 7:34:00 PM Created By: Robert S. Pickart
Date Last Modified: 4/9/2021 8:59:00 PM URI Serial #: None
Funding Agencies: NSF/OPP/ARC - 2034801 - Funded
Summary of Field Work: This is a hydrographic cruise to determine the evolution and fate of the Arctic-origin freshwater, Greenland meltwater, and subtropical-origin warm water in the West Greenland Current. Sections will be occupied from the southern tip of Greenland to Nares Strait, including detailed measurements in several troughs that lead to glacial fjords along the West Greenland Coast. Extensive mapping will be done in Baffin Bay to measure the inflows, outflows, and recirculation. In addition, we will do a detailed survey of one of the large eddies shed by the West Greenland Current. Collaborative projects will include glider work and chemical sampling to distinguish the sources of freshwater.
Summary of Facility Requirements: The activities include conductivity-temperature-depth (CTD) work, water sampling, use of expendable probes, and underway sampling. We will use the starboard CTD system, underway systems, vessel-mounted ADCPs, and bathymetric systems. Glider deployments and recoveries will be done.
Summary of other requirements and comments: We will rely heavily on CTD work and vessel-mounted ADCP measurements.
Ship Request Identification
Type of Request: Primary Ship Use Request Status: Submitted
Request ID: 1011076 Created By: Robert S. Pickart
Date Last Modified: 5/25/2020 7:34:00 PM Date Submitted: 5/25/2020 7:34:00 PM
Requested Ship, Operating Days and Dates
Year: 2021 Ship/Facility: USCGC Healy
Optimum Start Date: 9/7/2021 Dates to Avoid: We are completely flexible to fit into Healy's schedule, and will accommodate our work plan based on the length of time available for the fall 2021 science leg. We are requesting 40 days, but a 35-day leg will allow us to complete the majority of our objectives.
Earliest Start Date: 9/1/2021 Multi-Ship Op: No
Latest Start Date: 10/1/2021 Other Ship(s): .

Operating Days Needed: Science Days Mob Days De-Mob Days Estimated Transit Days Total Days
36 1 1 4 42
Repeating Cruise?
(within same year)
No Interval:   # of Cruises:  

Description of Repeating cruise requirements: .
Justification/Explanation for ship choice, dates,
conflicts, number of days & multi-ship operations:
We are taking advantage of the Healy going east in 2021, and will abide by their timing for a science leg.
Work Area for Cruise
Short Description of Op Area
for use in schedules:
Lab Sea/Baffin
Description of Op Area: The eastern Labrador Sea, and all of Baffin Bay from Davis Strait to Nares Strait.
Op Area Size/Dia.: 500 x 1000 nautical miles
  Lat/Long Marsden Grid Navy Op Area
60° N / 44° W map
221 map
AR11 map
78° N / 75° W map
260 map
AR09 map
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Foreign Clearance and Permitting Requirements
Foreign Clearance Required? Yes Coastal States:

Canada, Greenland
 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 need clearance to sample within 1nm of the Labrador/Baffin Island coast as well as the West Greenland coast.
Port Calls
Requested Start Port Intermediate Port(s) Requested End Port
Nuuk (Godthab), Greenland None Nuuk (Godthab), Greenland
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: Robert S. Pickart, WHOI
# in Science Party 15 # 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 will use the CTD/rosette and starboard winch with conducting wire, underway thermosalinograph, vessel-mounted ADCPs, and bathymetric systems. We will use expendable probes and do glider work. We will carry out science operations around the clock. Technicians are needed for managing the CTD system, running salts, IT activities, and the operation of the multi-beam, Knudsen, and vessel-mounted ADCPs. Assistance will be needed with the glider operations as well.
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 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.

We are taking advantage of the Healy going east in 2021. Part of the study area will have pack-ice, hence an ice-breaker is essential. We will do multi-beam mapping in the fjord troughs.

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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