Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Cruise Planning Questionnaire

Pioneer Fall 2015


R/V Atlantis


Cruise Party

Paul Matthias: Principal Investigator
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution LOSOS 213, MS#57 Woods Hole, Ma. USA 02543
+1 508 289 3672

Albert Plueddemann: Chief Scientist
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Clark 202A, MS#29 Woods Hole, Ma. USA 02543
+1 508 289 2789

Departure: Woods Hole on Oct 12, 2015

Arrival: Woods Hole on Oct 31, 2015

Mobilization Date: Oct 11, 2015

Demobilization Date: Nov 2, 2015

Supporting documentation:


Operations Area: Continental shelf and slope south of New England

Lat/Lon: 40° 0.0′ N / 71° 0.0′ W

Depth Range: 60 / 600

Will the vessel be operating within 200 NM of a foreign country? no

Science objectives

This is the fifth major infrastructure deployment and servicing cruise for the Pioneer Array of the National Science Foundation’s Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI). The Pioneer Array will include a network of moorings and autonomous robotic vehicles to monitor waters of the continental shelf and slope south of New England and, in particular, the shelfbreak front where nutrients and other properties are exchanged between the coast and the deep ocean. Data from the Pioneer Array will provide new insights into coastal ocean processes such as shelf/slope nutrient exchange, air-sea property exchange, carbon cycling, and ocean acidification that are important to the New England shelf, and to continental shelf ecosystems around the world. For further information, see http://www.oceanobservatories.org.

Science Activities

The Pioneer-5 cruise has multiple main objectives and several ancillary objectives. The main objectives can be grouped into eight categories: 1) Deploy 3 Coastal Surface Moorings (CSMs), 2) Recover 3 CSMs, 3) Deploy 5 Coastal Profiler Moorings (CPMs), 4) Recovery 5 CPMs, 5) Deploy 6 Coastal Gliders, 6) Recover 4 Coastal Gliders, 7) Deploy 2 AUV Docks and associated AUVs, 8) Perform field evaluation activities, including CTD casts with water sampling. The ancillary objectives include 1) Compare buoy and shipboard data, 2) Service 2 Coastal Surface Piercing Profilers (CSPP), 3) Conduct cross-shelf CTD surveys in the vicinity of the moored array, and 4) Conduct surveys using shipboard sensors (ADCP, thermosalinograph) in the Pioneer moored array region.

Pre-cruise planning meeting: Visit WHOI


Funding Agency: NSF #OOI

- added NSF #OOI on Aug 9, 2015 12:02 PM by Albert J. Plueddemann

R/V Atlantis

Shipboard Equipment

ADCP 75 kHz
Bathymetry System 12 kHz
Navigation - Heading
Navigation - Position
Science Underway Seawater System
12 kHz Pinger for Wire Use

Shipboard Communication

Basic Internet access via HiSeasNet

CTD/Water Sampling

911+ Rosette 24-position, 10-liter bottle Rosette with dual T/C sensors
Biospherical underwater PAR (1000m depth limit) with reference Surface PAR
SBE43 oxygen sensor
Wet Labs C*Star transmissometer (660nm wavelength)
Wet Labs FLNTURTD Combination Flourometer and Turbidity Sensor

Critical CTD Sensors: 

Hydrographic Analysis Equipment

Dissolved Oxygen Titration System (Brinkmann Titrator)
Oxygen Sample Bottles (available in 150 ml sizes)
Salt Bottles (2 cases of 125 ml provided)

MET Sensors

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

Sample Storage

Freezer -70°C 3.2 cu. ft. ea.

Storage Notes: Freezer is backup for chlorophyll and nutrient samples


Will you be using Long Base Line (LBL) navigation? no

Will you be using Ultra-short baseline (USBL) navigation for other than Alvin operations? no

Navigation Notes:


CTD Winch with .322" Electro-mechanical wire
Other Portable Winch
Trawl Winch with 9/16th trawl wire

Winch Notes: Science party to supply split-drum TSE winch and Lantec heavy lift winch. Trawl winch is for possible dragging operations.

Wire Notes:
Slip ring required? no Number of conductors: 
Non-standard wire required? no Type: 
Traction winch required? no Describe: 

Other Science Vans:

Other Science Vans:
Science Van 1
Type/size: 20' flat rack (BRBs) Location: 01 Deck
Water: no Power:no
Science Van 2
Type/size: 20' rigging van Location: 01 Deck
Water: no Power:yes

Specialized Deck Equipment

Mooring Deployment/Recovery Equipment Required: yes Type: Lantec and TSE winch, tuggers
Cruise Specific Science Winch Required: yes Type: Effer crane, port quarter
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: yes Identify:  TSE winch, Lantec winch, rigging van
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: yes
SCUBA Diving Operations: no

Hazardous Material

Will hazardous material be utilized? yes

Describe deployment method and quantity:
1000 liters methanol fuel bladder in surface mooring buoys. Standard mooring deployment methods. Spill kit will be supplied.

Radioactive Material

Radioiosotopes: no

Additional Information

Is night time work anticipated on this cruise? yes

Specialized tech support (Seabeam, coring, other): 

Other required equipment and special needs: 
Date Submitted: Aug 10, 2015 11:22 AM by Eric Benway