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  PMA2020 - Revised  -  2021  -  Atlantic Explorer  
  Project Information  
Project Title: Collaborative Research: Seasonal Variability in refractory dissolved organic carbon (RDOC) fluxes associated with primary marine aerosol (PMA) emitted from the oceans Project Status: Submitted
Principal Investigator: Steven R. Beaupre, SUNYSB Project Institution: SUNYSB
Project ID: 106840 Version #: 1
Date Submitted: 10/20/2020 7:49:00 PM Created By: David J. Kieber
Date Last Modified: 2/23/2021 9:01:00 PM URI Serial #: None
Funding Agencies: NSF/OCE/CO - 2023115 - Funded
Summary of Field Work: We propose three, ten-day research cruises to the BATS station over the period of approximately two years between July 2021 and January 2023. The first cruise is proposed for July 2021, followed by wintertime cruises in January 2022 and January 2023. For each cruise we expect ~0.5 day transit round trip and ~9 full days on station. We will require four days prior to the cruise for set up and testing, and two days after the cruise to disembark.

The primary focus of the four research cruises will be to examine the seasonal variability in the fraction of refractory dissolved organic carbon (RDOC) in primary marine aerosol (PMA) produced from bursting bubbles that are generated in the marine aerosol generator.

To achieve this goal, when we first arrive on station, we will determine basic aerosol physical properties over a two-hour period. We will then collect up to eight sets of daily PMA samples, near-surface seawater, and sea-surface microlayer samples to test our hypotheses. Each day we will collect a pair of PMA samples over ~24 h of continuous sampling to characterize the physical and chemical properties of the PMA. Once per day, we will deploy the CTD to characterize the chemical and physical properties of the water column. Weather permitting, we will also deploy the zodiac daily to collect near-surface seawater and ~50 µm thick sea-surface microlayer samples to characterize the chemical and physical properties of these samples. Sea-surface microlayer samples will be collected with a glass plate and the underlying, near surface seawater sample will be collected using an all-glass syringe. Finally, CTD casts will be deployed on each cruise to characterize the physical and chemical properties of seawater as a function of depth in the upper 200 m. One or more CTD casts will also be devoted to collect seawater samples throughout the water column (~4500 m) at BATS
Summary of Facility Requirements: We will need space on the fantail for a 8'x8'x20' lab van that will house the marine aerosol generator; a CTD with a 12 - 24 bottle rosette of ~12 L Niskin bottles; a clean, flow-through seawater system; and high purity laboratory water. We also require electricity, high purity laboratory water, and seawater to be plumbed to the van that houses the aerosol generator—we will provide the tubing and fittings for the high-purity laboratory water and seawater lines. The lab van is a standard 20 ft long shipping container that was outfitted to house the marine aerosol generator. When the container is loaded onto the ship’s fantail, we’ll need enough room to get the outer container doors opened and tied back prior to securing the vessel to leave port.

We wil need bench space to place a portable, class-100 clean hood (approx. 4 ft long, 3 feet wide, and 3 feet tall) to scrub the intake air used to generate high-purity feed air that is pumped to the aerosol generator—the pump is loud so we’d want a space away from people—the wet lab would be a good location.
Summary of other requirements and comments: Weather permitting Zodiac deployment to collect surface microlayer samples.
Ship Request Identification
Type of Request: Primary Ship Use Request Status: Submitted
Request ID: 1011095 Created By: David J. Kieber
Date Last Modified: 10/20/2020 7:49:00 PM Date Submitted: 10/20/2020 7:49:00 PM
Requested Ship, Operating Days and Dates
Year: 2021 Ship/Facility: Atlantic Explorer
Optimum Start Date: 7/15/2021 Dates to Avoid: We are trying to capture a seasonal cycle in dissolved organic carbon over a two year period. The time frame given for the set of four cruises is planned to capture the most extreme range in organic carbon concentrations and compositions relevant to primary marine aerosol formation, which are typically in July and January.
Earliest Start Date: 7/1/2021 Multi-Ship Op: No
Latest Start Date: 7/30/2021 Other Ship(s): N/A

Operating Days Needed: Science Days Mob Days De-Mob Days Estimated Transit Days Total Days
9 4 2 1 16
Repeating Cruise?
(within same year)
No Interval:   # of Cruises:  

Description of Repeating cruise requirements: We plan three cruises over two years: July 2021, January 2022, January 2023. Therefore, we need to have cruise timing that is consistent for the seasonal study that is planned.
Justification/Explanation for ship choice, dates,
conflicts, number of days & multi-ship operations:
Proximity to BATS and space on deck for a lab van containing our aerosol generator.
Work Area for Cruise
Short Description of Op Area
for use in schedules:
BATS Station
Description of Op Area: N/A
Op Area Size/Dia.: N/A
  Lat/Long Marsden Grid Navy Op Area
31.666667° N / 64.166667° W map
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NA06 map
31.666667° N / 64.166667° W map
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NA06 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
St. George's, Bermuda None, St. George's, Bermuda
Explanation/justification for requested
ports and dates of intermediate stops
or to list additional port stops
Proximity to BATS and space on deck for a lab van containing our aerosol generator.

 Important Info on Working in Foreign Ports

Science Party
Chief Scientist: Steven R. Beaupre, SUNYSB
# in Science Party 10 # 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 Three PIs, one postdoc, three graduate students, and three assistants
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 describeSelected NO Radioisotope use/Natural level workUnselected Other Operator Provided Inst. - Describe
1 PI-Provided Vans - briefly describe Unselected MOCNESS  
Explain Instrumentation or Capability
requirements that could affect choice
of ship in scheduling.

We will need space on the fantail for a van that will house the marine aerosol generator. We will also need space in the wet lab to put a small laminar flow hood and a pump that will run continuously during the cruise.

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.
Zodiac for sampling the sea surface microlayer during good weather.

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