Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Cruise Planning Synopsis


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AT29-04

Ship

R/V Atlantis

Vehicles

AUV Sentry, HOV Alvin

Cruise Party

David Eggleston: Principal Investigator
NC State University 303 College Circle Morehead City, NC US 27695
+1 919 515 7840
eggleston@ncsu.edu

Cindy Van Dover: Chief Scientist
Duke University Marine Laboratory 135 Duke Marine Lab Rd Beaufort, NC US 28516
+1 252 504 7655
clv3@duke.edu

Craig Young: Principal Investigator
University of Oregon Oregon Institute of Marine Biology P.O. BOX 5389 Charleston, OR US 97420
+1 541 888 2581 ext. 299
cmyoung@uoregon.edu

Departure: Jul 8, 2015

Morehead City NC

Arrival: Jul 28, 2015

Woods Hole MA

Operations Area

Atlantic Margin - site locations shared with WHOI as xlsx file
Lat/Lon:
Depth Range: min / max (m)
Will the vessel be operating within 200 NM of a foreign country? no

Science Objectives

The primary objective of the SeepC Project is to advance our general knowledge of connectivity in the deep sea using taxa found at seeps as model systems. The focus is on species and processes occurring in the Intra-American Sea (including the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and eastern seaboard of the US), with attention to oceanographic circulation, life histories, and genetics.  Questions that apply in shallow-water systems motivate this study:

  1. What phylogeographic breaks occur in the system? It is important to distinguish between phylogeography and connectivity.  A phylogeographic break implies a long history of isolation or possibly cryptic speciation, while genetic population structure indicates gene flow is reduced, but still ongoing or recent. 
  2. Do collections from different sites indicate a panmictic population of a given species?  This is the fundamental question about connectivity and the scale of population genetic variation in marine species with planktonic larvae and it comprises extent of gene flow, directionality, and relative contributions.
  3. What bio-physical processes underlie observed connectivities?  Biological processes (e.g., larval distributions in the water column, timing of reproduction, and planktonic larval duration) and physical processes of transport and dispersion interact to determine connectivity.

Our efforts include improving the oceanographic model for the IAS near the seabed using current data from moorings at several depths and locations and coupling this model to a Lagrangian larval transport model.  We stress the importance of iterative interactions among the science teams to advance our understanding of connectivity in the deep sea through descriptive and hypothesis-driven research.   We will develop effective and best methods for hypothesis testing under the constraints of working in a relatively inaccessible environment and will build capacity in understanding connectivity in deep-sea systems.

Science Activities

1) Two mooring recoveries
2) Alvin seep sampling
mussels, clams, tubeworms, and associated animals; targeting at least 30 individuals per species (manips, net, slurp); carbonates
3) Sentry plankton sampling 
4) MOCNESS tows
5) Sentry high-resolution mapping 
6) 
CTD casts
7) XBTs
8) Shipboard acoustics (methane plumes)


Additional Info

Pre-cruise Planning Meeting: Teleconference

Stations:

Supporting documentation:

»AT29-04_Cruise_Planning_Doc_CVD.xlsx
»Mooring_specs_v3.xls
»Mooring.Locations.CH-09-12.xlsx
»Moor_dwg.pdf
»Cape_Fear_wheel.larval_trap.JPG
»blake_ridge_wheel.jpg
»Acoustic_Release_Codes_for_October_SEEPC_cruise.pdf

Funding

Funding Agency: NSF
Grant or contract number: 1031050

Scientific Instrumentation for R/V Atlantis

Shipboard Equipment

Bathymetry System 12 kHz
Deionized Water System
Fume Hood
Multibeam
Navigation - Position
Science Underway Seawater System
Sippican XBT System (Mark 21)
Bathymetry System 3.5 kHz

Shipboard Communication

Basic Internet access via HiSeasNet

CTD/Water Sampling

911+ Rosette 24-position, 10-liter bottle Rosette with dual T/C sensors
Mocness

Critical CTD Sensors

Sample Storage

Climate Controlled Walk-in
Freezer -70°C 25 cu. ft.
Freezer -70°C 3.2 cu. ft. ea.
Refrigerator 8.6 cu. ft.
Scientific Walk-in Freezer
Storage Notes: NB: We would like two walk-in spaces temperature controlled, one set a the ambient temperaure at 450 m, the other set at near-freezing. I.e., both at refrigerator T (7C, 3-4C). I checked the 'walk-in freezer' as the place holder for these two walk-in needs.  We will supply temperatures.

Navigation

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

GPS
USBL
Navigation Notes: For navigation and maps, we defer a final decision until consultation with the Alvin and Sentry operators.  There is a lot of high resolution mapping already completed for the GoM; we need to discover how to find the right type of files and would value advice.

Winches

CTD Winch with .322" Electro-mechanical wire
Winch Notes:

Wire use and application

CTD Winch with .322" Electro-mechanical wire
Winch Notes:

Standard Oceanographic Cables

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

Portable Vans

Chemical Storage Van

Specialized Deck Equipment

Mooring Deployment/Recovery Equipment Required: yes Type: MOORING TEAM: Please request t
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: no Identify: 
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:no
Small Boat Operations:no
SCUBA Diving Operations:no

Hazardous Material

Will hazardous material be utilized?yes
Describe deployment method and quantity:
We will use small volumes of formalin and alcohol to preserve specimens.

CRAIG YOUNG: Add your larval trap chemicals

Radioactive Material

Radioiosotopes:no

Additional Information

Is night time work anticipated on this cruise?yes
Specialized tech support (Seabeam, coring, other):
MOCNESS, SENTRY
Other required equipment and special needs:

Scientific Instrumentation for HOV Alvin



Current Chart(s):

What type of samples do you expect to collect?Benthic fauna (primarily), to include mussels, urchins, holothurians, crustaceans, polychaetes, and gastropods. We would like to have the large capacity slurp available but do not plan to have it mounted for the majority of the dives. Push cores in mat and adjacent sediments We do not expect to use the large capacity slurp sampler, but figure it might be good to have available as back-up. null null null

Site Survey

Will you provide detailed charts of the work area(s)?no
If no, willl you need R/V Atlantis to generate maps of the work area(s)?no
Will you need post-dive maps of the work area generated?no

Navigation

Will you be using Long Base Line (LBL) navigation? no
How many nets? 0
How many tansponders? 0
Will you be using Ultra-short baseline (USBL) navigation for other than Alvin operations?no

Vehicle Equipment

Push corers (12-pack rack)
Low temperature probe
Scoop nets
CTD
Small capacity slurp samplers
Large capacity slurp samplers: single-chamber
Large capacity slurp samplers: multi-chamber
Bio collection boxes: 12 x 12 x 12
Bio collection boxes: 12 x 12 x 24

Elevators

Will you be using elevators to transport samples to the surface?no
If yes, how many would you anticipate?

Science Supplied Equipment

Are you supplying equipment to be used on HOV Alvin no
Has this equipment been used on Alvin before? no
Please give a brief description of the equipment, its intended purpose, the cruise # it was last used on if any and its deployment method.
Does this equipment use an external pressure housing? no
Has the pressure housing been tested per Alvin Pressure Test requirements? no
Pressure housing schematic with dimensions and include air and water weights.
Air weight of this equipment?
Water weight of this equipment?
Does the equipment require a power interface from Alvin? no
Voltage required null
Power required
Data Interface
Does the equipment meet the electrical requirements of the Alvin User Manual? no
Please provide power and comms specifics, wiring diagram, pinout, and wiring harness in advance of the cruise.
Does this equipment require hydraulic inputs from the vehicle? no
Hydraulic schematic of the equipment requirements.
Does this equipment require manipulation? no
If yes, please describe how the equipment is to be manipulated:
Will this equipment be deployed off the vehicle? no
If yes, please describe how the equipment is intended for deployment:
If yes, will the equipment be disconnected from the vehicle and left in situ? no
How long will the deployment be?
Will the equipment be recovered by the same vehicle? no
Do you intend to recover any other previously deployed equipment? no
If yes, please describe this equipment:
Does this equipment use any glass spheres for either buoyancy or as pressure housings? no
Does the equipment have an associated computer or control panel for remote operation from the personnel sphere? no
Has the computer or control panel been gas tested for use in the personnel sphere? no

Hazardous Material

Will hazardous material be utilized?no
Describe deployment method and quantity:

Additional Information

Brief operations description or comments:
Navy Clearance:
Requested 7/2/15:
WITHIN 10 NM RADIUS OF EACH OF THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS DURING PERIOD 091000Z THRU 142400Z JUL 15:
   32.98N  075.93W
   32.49N  076.19W
WITHIN 10 NM RADIUS OF EACH OF THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS DURING PERIOD 131000Z THRU 202400Z JUL 15:
   37.54N  074.10W
   37.57N  074.28W
   38.05N  073.83W
WITHIN 5 NM RADIUS OF EACH OF THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS DURING PERIOD 131000Z THRU 202400Z JUL 15:
   36.87N  074.47W
WITHIN 10 NM RADIUS OF EACH OF THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS DURING PERIOD 181000Z THRU 232400Z JUL 15:
   39.55N  072.40W
   39.55N  072.41W
WITHIN 10 NM RADIUS OF EACH OF THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS DURING PERIOD 201000Z THRU 272400Z JUL 15:
   39.81N  069.59W
   39.99N  069.13W
   39.87N  069.29W
   39.90N  069.26W
   40.02N  069.24W
   40.73N  066.66W

Scientific Instrumentation for AUV Sentry



Current Chart(s):

What type of samples do you expect to collect?BioBoxes carbonates, mussels, other seep invertebrates push cores null null

Site Survey

Will you provide detailed charts of the work area(s)?yes
If no, willl you need R/V Atlantis to generate maps of the work area(s)?yes
Will you need post-dive maps of the work area generated?yes

Navigation

Will you be using Long Base Line (LBL) navigation? no
How many nets? 0
How many tansponders? 0
Will you be using Ultra-short baseline (USBL) navigation?yes
Will you be using Doppler/GPS navigation? yes

Science Supplied Equipment

Are you supplying equipment to be used on HOV AbeSentry no
Has this equipment been used on AbeSentry before? no
Please give a brief description of the equipment, its intended purpose, the cruise # it was last used on if any and its deployment method.
Does this equipment use an external pressure housing? no
Has the pressure case been tested to the anticipated depth of deployment?& no
Pressure housing schematic with dimensions and include air and water weights.
Air weight of this equipment?
Water weight of this equipment?
Does the equipment require data or a power interface from the vehicle? no
Does the equipment meet the electrical requirements of the Sentry User Manual? no

Cameras & Video

Digital Still Camera: Color

Additional Information

Brief operations description or comments:
A Duke colleague inquired about whether we could deploy a buoy off Hatteras.  I have requested information from him about the buoy dimensions.  My guess is this will not happen, but if he does have the buoy ready, I would be interested in looking into whether we can deploy it.

Checklist & Notes

Checklist

U.S. Customs Form: no
Diplomatic Clearance: no
Date Submitted:
Date Approved:
Agent Information:

United States (Morehead City, NC)

For small shipments/correspondence, see addresses below:

Master R/V Ship Name
Attn: Scientist's Name
Terminal Shipping Company, Inc.
421-A Landmark Drive
Wilmington, NC  28412

Ph (910) 799-9026
Fax (910) 799-9490

Mailing address:

Terminal Shipping Company, Inc.
P.O. Box 2072
Wilmington, NC  28402

Contact: Mr. Terry Edwards - Mgr/Ops
Cell (910) 262-0215
Vanessa Guyton - administrative

Email: opswlmnc@termship.com

For large/heavy shipments:

Please note:  Advance arrangements must be made with the Agent and WHOI contacts for shipments to Morehead City Port:

Master R/V ATLANTIS
Attn: Scientist's Name - VOY AT29-04
North Carolina State Ports Authority (MHCSPA)
113 Arendall Street
Morehead City, NC  28557
Attn:  Mr. George Rice

Woods Hole, MA


Master R/V ATLANTIS
Attn: Scientist's Name - Voy#AT29-04
c/o WHOI
266 Woods Hole Rd.
Woods Hole, MA 02543

Contact: Eric Benway
Phone: (508) 289-3770
Fax: (508) 457-2185
Email: ebenway@whoi.edu

FOR ITEMS BEING PICKED UP A WHOI SHIPPING & RECIEVING USE THIS ADDRESS:

Woods Hole Oceanographic Shipping and Recieving
266 Woods Hole Road
Woods Hole, MA. 02543



Countries:
Notes:
N/A
Isotope Use Approval: no
Isotope Notes:
SCUBA Diving: no

Checklist

SSSG Tech:
Allison Heater, Catie Graver
Morehead City mobe July 6 & 7.
WHOI Demobe July 28 & 29.
Vessel will be berthed at:

N.C. State Ports Authority Terminal
113 Arendell Street
Morehead City, North Carolina  28557