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  Multiyear autonomous  -  2021  -  Sally Ride  
  Project Information  
Project Title: Collaborative research: Multiyear autonomous measurement of N-loss in the ETNP ODZ Project Status: Submitted
Principal Investigator: Mark A. Altabet, UMD Project Institution: UMD
Project ID: 106259 Version #: 5
Date Submitted: 8/13/2018 5:20:00 PM Created By: Mark A. Altabet
Date Last Modified: 7/27/2020 7:10:00 PM URI Serial #: None
Funding Agencies: NSF/OCE/CO - 1851361 - Funded
Summary of Field Work: Our primary cruise will transit the ETNP off western Mexico and Central America deploying floats and carrying out CTD casts. Ship time on cruises of opportunity before and after our main cruise will be needed to deploy a test float and retrieve some of the deployed floats respectively.
Summary of Facility Requirements: An ocean to global class research ship with CTD/Rosette, ADCP, crane,
underway seawater system capability, MOCNESS, and lab van
Summary of other requirements and comments: The main deployment cruise should be in summer 2020
Ship Request Identification
Type of Request: Primary Ship Use Request Status: Submitted
Request ID: 1011162 Created By: Mark A. Altabet
Date Last Modified: 7/27/2020 7:10:00 PM Date Submitted: 7/27/2020 7:10:00 PM
Requested Ship, Operating Days and Dates
Year: 2021 Ship/Facility: Sally Ride
Optimum Start Date: 10/15/2021 Dates to Avoid: N/A
Earliest Start Date: 10/1/2021 Multi-Ship Op: No
Latest Start Date: 12/31/2021 Other Ship(s): N/A

Operating Days Needed: Science Days Mob Days De-Mob Days Estimated Transit Days Total Days
15 2 1 15 33
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:
Need ocean to global class for operations and operational area.
Dates are based on time needed to ready floats for deployment and remaining time in project for data gathering.
Work Area for Cruise
Short Description of Op Area
for use in schedules:
Description of Op Area: ETNP off Mexico
Op Area Size/Dia.: 1300
  Lat/Long Marsden Grid Navy Op Area
23° N / 113° W map
84 map
NP13 map
13° N / 93° W map
46 map
NP13 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
San Diego, CA, USA None San Diego, CA, USA
Explanation/justification for requested
ports and dates of intermediate stops
or to list additional port stops
Preferred start port is San Diego in order to load equipment in a US port within driving distance of Seattle. Return to that port for COVID-19 safety.

 Important Info on Working in Foreign Ports

Science Party
Chief Scientist: Mark A. Altabet, UMD
# in Science Party 22 # of different science teams 6 # Marine Technicians to be
provided by ship operator:
(include in science party total)
Explanation of Science Party Requirements and Technician Requirements Two techs are needed for 24/7 CTD, MOCNESS, and float operations

UMASSD/SMAST group needs 5 for water sampling, nutrient analysis, and dissolved gas and an additional 2 as foreign observers

analysis, and chief scientist responsibilities

UW group needs 2 for float operations and Winkler O2 analysis
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 Selected MOCNESS  
Explain Instrumentation or Capability
requirements that could affect choice
of ship in scheduling.

CTD/Rosette with multiple backup systems required. Need to attach PI provided
sensors. Starboard deployment preferred
Underway seawater supply to lab needed
Crane and deck space for float deployment and retrieval needed.

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 VanSelected 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.
75 kHz ADCP needed to get sufficient range to survey currents

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