Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Cruise Planning Synopsis

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R/V Atlantis


AUV Sentry, ROV Jason

Cruise Party

David Valentine: Chief Scientist, Principal Investigator
University of California Santa Barbara 1006 Webb Hall, Department of Earth Science Santa Barbara, CA US 93117
+1 805 893 2973

Departure: Sep 25, 2013

San Francisco

Arrival: Oct 16, 2013

San Diego

Operations Area

Santa Barbara and Santa Monica Basins (Possibly off Big Sur and San Diego)
Lat/Lon: 34° 0.0′ N / 120° 0.0′ W
Depth Range: 40 / 1500
Will the vessel be operating within 200 NM of a foreign country? no

Science Objectives

1. Conduct in-situ incubations with devices for microbial growth, deployed in 2011.
2.  Investigate the fate of dissolved hydrocarbons in the waters along the CA margin.
3. Investigate the variability in composition of seeping hydrocarbons at sites along the CA margin.
4. Investigate the distribution and nature of hydrocarbon seepage and biodegradation along the CA margin.
5. Identify and map hydrocarbon/tar sources and related features along the CA margin.
6. Identify, map and sample microbes and chemicals associated with historical waste disposal practices.
7. Conduct sampling for additional in-situ incubations.

Science Activities

1. Jason operations including coring, water sampling, hydrocarbon sampling, surveys, slurp sampling.
2. Sentry operations including multi-beeam mapping, photosurveys, mass specrometric surveys.
3. CTD casts  (24 place rosette) for water collection.
4. Rate measurements using identical protocols as for SEEPS 07, SEEPS 09, and SEEPS 11 (note the use of radioactive materials).
5. Coring activities using multi-corer and gravity corer. 
6.  Sampling for in-situ incubations using custom vacuum incubators.

Additional Info

Pre-cruise Planning Meeting: Teleconference


Supporting documentation:



Funding Agency: NSF
Grant or contract number: 1046144
Funding Agency: NSF
Grant or contract number: 1155855

Scientific Instrumentation for R/V Atlantis

Shipboard Equipment

Bathymetry System 12 kHz
Bathymetry System 3.5 kHz
Deionized Water System
Fume Hood
Navigation - Heading
Navigation - Position
Transponder Navigation - Sonardyne USBL
Science Underway Seawater System
ADCP 75 kHz

Shipboard Communication

Basic Internet access via HiSeasNet
Is there a need to receive data from shore on a regular basis?
Is there a need to transfer data to shore on a regular basis?
Is there an expectation to use Skype or any other real-time video conference program?

CTD/Water Sampling

911+ Rosette 24-position, 10-liter bottle Rosette with dual T/C sensors
SBE43 oxygen sensor
Seapoint STM turbidity sensor
Wet Labs C*Star transmissometer (660nm wavelength)
Wet Labs ECO-AFL fluorometer
Wet Labs FLNTURTD Combination Flourometer and Turbidity Sensor

Critical CTD Sensors

CTD-Related Equipment

Lowered Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler (LADCP)

MET Sensors

Air temperature
Barometric Pressure
Relative Humidity
Short Wave Solar Radiation
Wind speed and direction

Sediment Sampling

Gravity corers

Sample Storage

Climate Controlled Walk-in
Freezer -70°C 3.2 cu. ft. ea.
Freezer -70°C 25 cu. ft.
Refrigerator 8.6 cu. ft.
Scientific Walk-in Freezer
Storage Notes:


Will you be using Long Base Line (LBL) navigation? no
How many nets? null
How many tansponders? null
Will you be using Ultra-short baseline (USBL) navigation?no


Navigation Notes:


CTD Winch with .322" Electro-mechanical wire
Hydro Winch with .25" hydro wire
Other Portable Winch
Winch Notes:

We plan to conduct CTD operations, small boat operations, coring operations, Sentry operations and Jason operations.

Wire use and application

Hydro Winch with .25" hydro wire
Winch Notes: We may bring Maclane In-Situ pumps (WHISPS).  I am checking one of the participating scientists, to see if they plan to bring the WHISPS.

Standard Oceanographic Cables

Slip ring required? no
Non-standard wire required? no
Traction winch required? no

Portable Vans

Chemical Storage Van
Isotope Van

Specialized Deck Equipment

Mooring Deployment/Recovery Equipment Required: no Type: 
Cruise Specific Science Winch Required: no Type: 
Nets Required: no Type: 

Over the Side Equipment

Will you be bringing any equipment (winches, blocks, etc.) that lowers instruments over the side? no

Special Requirements

Elecrical Power: no Identify 
Equipment Handling: yes Identify: We will have compressed gas cylinders and other materials requiring use of ships crane.
Inter/intraship Communications: no Identify: 
Science Stowage: no Identify: 
Water: no Identify: 

Additional Cruise Items/Activities

Explosive Devices:no
Portable Air Compressors:no
Flammable Gases:yes
Small Boat Operations:yes
SCUBA Diving Operations:no

Hazardous Material

Will hazardous material be utilized?yes
Describe deployment method and quantity:
We do not have a comprehensivle list of materials as yet.

Radioactive Material


Additional Information

Is night time work anticipated on this cruise?yes
Specialized tech support (Seabeam, coring, other):
We will conduct a variety of different operations  and on an irregular schedule.  We will require techs that are familiar with the vessel's systems, and with the different modes of sampling.
Other required equipment and special needs:

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Checklist & Notes


U.S. Customs Form: no
Diplomatic Clearance: no
Date Submitted:
Date Approved:
Agent Information:
none required.
Isotope Use Approval: yes
Isotope Notes:
SCUBA Diving: no


SSSG Tech:
San Francisco loading:

San Diego off loading: