Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Cruise Planning Questionnaire

ADEON Cruise 1


RV Neil Armstrong


Cruise Party

Jennifer Miksis-Olds: Principal Investigator
University of New Hampshire UNH, 24 Colovos Rd Durham, New Hampshire United States 03824
+1 603 862 5147

Joe Warren: Chief Scientist
Stony Brook University 239 Montauk Hwy Southampton, NY USA 11968
+1 631 632 5045

Departure: WHOI on Nov 19, 2017

Arrival: WHOI on Dec 17, 2017

Mobilization Date: Nov 14, 2017

Demobilization Date: Dec 19, 2017

Supporting documentation:


Operations Area: US Outer Continental Shelf from VA to FL

Lat/Lon: 30° 0.1′ N / -77° 0.0906′ W

Depth Range: 200 m / 1050 m

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

Science objectives

  • Establish an ecosystem observation network that provides baseline monitoring and supports predictive modeling of the soundscape and its relationship to marine life and the environment of the Mid- and South Atlantic Planning Areas.
  • Assess baseline soundscape and ecosystem conditions in support of predictive environmental modeling and trend analyses in the planning areas.
    • How do soundscape and ecosystem components vary with water depth across the OCS?
    • How do the soundscape and ecosystem components vary with latitude along the OCS?
    • Where are the hot spots of human activity for consideration in ecosystem/habitat health impacts?
  • Assess the spatial and temporal distribution of the soundscape and biological scatterers, including their expected variation and correlation with distance from the mooring locations.
    • What are the environmental factors that define and constrain the horizontal range of appropriate extrapolation of observations measured at the stationary mooring sites?

Science Activities

1. Initial deployment of 7 bottom landers.
2. Recovery of first bottom lander on return trip, data download, and re-deployment.
3. Sound propagation experiments (12-18 hours) with ship deployed transducer after bottom lander deployment.
4.  CTD casts in association with each lander deployment and multiple with sound propagation experiment.
5. Zooplankton net tows in conjunction with each lander deployment.
6. Fine-scale acoustic survey transects.

Pre-cruise planning meeting: Teleconference

Can visit WHOI any time if needed, as both the Lead PI and Chief Sci are relatively local.


  VA Canyon-2
  Distance: 535
  Days: null
  Latitude: 37° 14.77’ N
  Longitude: 74° 30.84’ W

  29N Deep
  Distance: 125
  Days: 1.2
  Latitude: 29° 9.0’ N
  Longitude: 78° 12.6’ W

  30N Shallow
  Distance: 130
  Days: 1
  Latitude: 30° 30.0’ N
  Longitude: 80° 0.0’ W

  Charleston Bump/Savannah Shallow
  Distance: 55
  Days: 1
  Latitude: 32° 6.0’ N
  Longitude: -78° 21.0’ E

  Savannah Deep
  Distance: 105
  Days: 1.2
  Latitude: 32° 0.96’ N
  Longitude: 77° 24.06’ W

  Distance: 125
  Days: 1
  Latitude: 33° 34.37’ N
  Longitude: 76° 27.68’ W

  Hatteras South
  Distance: 130
  Days: 1
  Latitude: 35° 12.0’ N
  Longitude: 75° 1.2’ W

  VA Canyon
  Distance: 330
  Days: 3.9
  Latitude: 37° 14.77’ N
  Longitude: 74° 30.84’ W

Funding Agency: NOPP through BOEM #M16PC00003

- added NOPP through BOEM #M16PC00003 on Jul 27, 2017 1:39 PM by Dr Jennifer Miksis-Olds 8625147

R/V Armstrong

Shipboard Equipment

Science Underway Seawater System
Fume Hood
EM122 (12 kHz) Multibeam Echosounder
EK80 Sonar
Dynamic Positioning System
EM710 MkII (40 to 100 kHz) Multibeam Echosounder

Shipboard Equipment Notes:

Shipboard Communication

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

Shipboard Communication Notes: There will be a need to receive data from our remote sensing team on shore in conjunction with mooring deployments for high resoultion remote sensing data products.
There will be occassional need of Skype access to participate in conference calls.

CTD/Water Sampling

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

Critical CTD Sensors:  The CTD system will be used to mount echosounder transducers for calibrations at station 1 (VA Can).

MET Sensors

Air temperature
Wind speed and direction

Sample Storage

Freezer -70°C 25 cu. ft.

Storage Notes:


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:

Winch Notes:

Wire use and application

CTD Winch with .322" Electro-mechanical wire

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

Other Science Vans:

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? yes

Details: A J9/J13 transducer system will be lowered over the side for the TL experiment. It can be lowered with winches on the ship.

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:
4L of 37% formaldehyde will be brought onboard (held in fume hood or chemical locker as appropriate) and used to preserve fish/zooplankton samples collected by nets.

Will also bring ~ 2 L of 95% ethanol to be used for preservation of zooplankton/fish samples collected by nets.  Wasn't sure whether to include that in haz material form.

Radioactive Material

Radioiosotopes: no

Additional Information

Is night time work anticipated on this cruise? yes

Specialized tech support (Seabeam, coring, other): Night time CTD cast and net tows will be conducted.

Other required equipment and special needs: 
Date Submitted: Aug 3, 2017 2:14 AM by Joseph Warren