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  NO2 oxidation in OMZ  -  2021  -  Hugh R. Sharp  
  Project Information  
Project Title: Nitrite Oxidation in Oxygen Minimum Zones Project Status: Submitted
Principal Investigator: Bess B. Ward, Princeton Project Institution: Princeton
Project ID: 106971 Version #: 1
Date Submitted: 11/24/2020 7:19:00 PM Created By: Bess B. Ward
Date Last Modified: 11/24/2020 7:19:00 PM URI Serial #: None
Funding Agencies: NSF/OCE/CO - 1946516 - Funded
Summary of Field Work: There are two components to the field work. 1. intense sampling and experimental work at two stations in Chesapeake Bay, each occupied for up to 4 days. 2. Transect sampling en route to/from the stations between Chesapeake Bay and Delaware Bay, including the length of Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic coastal route between the two bays. The work will characterize the water column chemistry and perform stable isotope incubation experiments, and collect particulate material for later analysis.
Summary of Facility Requirements: CTD with O2 sensor, 10 or 20 L Niskins, MilliQ water if possible, George Luther's gradient sampler for high resolution depth sampling, -80oC freezer, underwater clean seawater sampling
Summary of other requirements and comments: frig and freezers for both live and dean samples
Ship Request Identification
Type of Request: Primary Ship Use Request Status: Submitted
Request ID: 1011308 Created By: Bess B. Ward
Date Last Modified: 11/24/2020 7:19:00 PM Date Submitted: 11/24/2020 7:19:00 PM
Requested Ship, Operating Days and Dates
Year: 2021 Ship/Facility: Hugh R. Sharp
Optimum Start Date: 8/5/2021 Dates to Avoid: Need to sample in late summer in order to sample the anoxic layer during the stratified period
Earliest Start Date: 7/14/2021 Multi-Ship Op: No
Latest Start Date: 8/15/2021 Other Ship(s):

Operating Days Needed: Science Days Mob Days De-Mob Days Estimated Transit Days Total Days
7 1 1 1 10
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:
Work Area for Cruise
Short Description of Op Area
for use in schedules:
Chesapeake Bay
Description of Op Area: Central channel of Chesapeake Bay in order to sample deep (anoxic) water at least during some
parts of the year.
Op Area Size/Dia.: 44
  Lat/Long Marsden Grid Navy Op Area
38.77° N / 75.14° W map
116 map
NA06 map
38.77° N / 75.14° W map
116 map
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
Lewes, DE, USA None Lewes, DE, USA
Explanation/justification for requested
ports and dates of intermediate stops
or to list additional port stops
Home port of the ship, we know the COVID rules for this port and can manage the transportation safely, it provides a good sampling transect between the port and the stations

 Important Info on Working in Foreign Ports

Science Party
Chief Scientist: Bess B. Ward, Princeton
# in Science Party 6 # 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 We need the tech for support with the CTD and the gradient sampler, and for securing gas tanks. The party size will be determined by COVID guidelines, but six was a safe number previously.
Instrumentation Requirements That Impact Scheduling Decisions
Selected 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 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.

CTD is our only sampling method, other than underway water sampling

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 VanSelected 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.
We require the cold van for constant temperature incubations. The incubations do NOT involve radio isotopes. We use stable isotopes, which require only standard clean handling procedures.

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