Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Cruise Planning Questionnaire

Lisa Levin's Cruise


R/V Atlantis


HOV Alvin

Cruise Party

Lisa Levin: Chief Scientist, Principal Investigator
9500 Gilman Drive La Jolla, CA USA 92093-0218
+1 858 534 3579

Departure: Puntarenas, Costa Rica on Jan 6, 2010

Arrival: Puntarenas, Costa Rica on Jan 13, 2010

Supporting documentation:


Operations Area: Costa Rica

Lat/Lon: 80° 0.0′ N / 84° 18.75′ W

Depth Range: 700 / 1900

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

Science objectives

• Recover colonization experiments on Mound 12 (carbonate, wood, tubeworms, shells). Processs these at sea.
• Background collections of wood, active carbonate (especially dolomite) rock and biotic (mussel, tube) substrates
• Characterization of chemical regimes at colonization sites
• Possible Archaea C fixation/ production experiments with 13C or 15N2 using background or colonizer fauna

Science Activities

• ALVIN CTD and water sampling at active and inactive seep sites having colonization experiments.

• Coring seep (mat, clam) sediments in specific locations across a range of O2 levels if time.
• Follow-up collection of new species (including yeti crabs, folliculinid cilliates, mussels, clams, crustaceans, annelids etc)
*collection of microbial mat on rocks
* Revisit Jaco scarp.. sample tubeworm bushes and other fauna
Night Operations:
* Nighttime off seep CTD casts with Rosette to examine ENSO signals and compare to 2009
* Multibeam mapping as needed (pre dive)

Pre-cruise planning meeting: Teleconference/Visit WHOI


  Station 1
  Distance: 32.4
  Days: 3

  Station 2
  Distance: 70.2
  Days: 3

Funding Agency: NSF #OCE 0939557

- added NSF #OCE 0939557 on Oct 29, 2009 11:47 PM by Adam Shepherd

R/V Atlantis

Shipboard Equipment

12 kHz Pinger for Wire Use
ADCP 75 kHz
Bathymetry System 12 kHz
Bathymetry System 3.5 kHz
Deionized Water System
Fume Hood

CTD/Water Sampling

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

Critical CTD Sensors: 

Sediment Sampling

Box corer

Sample Storage

Freezer -70°C 3.2 cu. ft. ea.
Freezer -70°C 25 cu. ft.
Refrigerator 8.6 cu. ft.
Scientific Walk-in Freezer


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

Will you be using Ultra-short baseline (USBL) navigation for other than Alvin operations? yes

Standard Oceanographic Cables

  Instrument(s) Instrument Weight(s) Maximum Depth
Conducting Hydro: CTD null null
Hydro: plankton net (possibly) null null

Slip ring required? yes 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: Gear elevator

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: yes
Small Boat Operations: no
SCUBA Diving Operations: no

Hazardous Material

Will hazardous material be utilized? yes

Describe deployment method and quantity:
Spill kits are on board. All hazardous materials will be stored in the chem van during transits. MSDS forms are on board. Hazardous materials will be removed from the ship when it docks in San Diego

Radioactive Material

Radioiosotopes: no

Additional Information

Is night time work anticipated on this cruise? yes

Specialized tech support (Seabeam, coring, other): will use Seabeam

Other required equipment and special needs: 
    Critical CTD sensors:
oxygen, temp, pressure, fluorescence

HOV Alvin

Site Survey

Will you provide detailed charts of the work area(s)?  no

Current Chart(s):

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


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

Vehicle Equipment

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

What type of samples do you expect to collect?


Will you be using elevators to transport samples to the surface?  yes
If yes, how many would you anticipate?  0

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.
Additional Bio boxes supplied by PIs

Does this equipment use an external pressure housing?  no

Has the pressure housing been tested per Alvin Pressure Test requirements?  no

Air weight of this equipment?

Water weight(s) of this equipment?

Does the equipment require a power interface from Alvin?  no

Voltage required

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 Alvin?  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, ceramic housings or similar (non-metallic materials) for either buoyancy or as pressure housings?  no

Do you require any electronic equipment in the personal 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

Additional Information

Brief operations description or comments:
Running seawater required on deck
Walk in cold room and walk in freezer required
Access to 2-3 refrigerators required... in main lab, chem lab and back (hydro) lab

NOTE: i will need to edit this following comments from co PIs but can't find a save button so I will submit and send revisions later. Unsure about radioisotope van (checking with Orphan)
Date Submitted: Nov 3, 2009 3:42 PM by Lisa Levin