Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

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R/V Atlantis


ROV Jason

Cruise Party

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

Victoria Orphan : Principal Investigator
California Institute of Technology 109a North Mudd Laboratory Pasadena, CA USA 91125
+1 626 395 1786

Tony Rathburn: Principal Investigator
Indiana State University USA
+1 812 237 2269

Gregory Rouse: Principal Investigator
Scripps Institution of Oceanography 9500 Gilman Drive La Jolla, CA USA 92093
+1 858 534 624

Departure: Aug 31, 2011


Arrival: Sep 8, 2011

San Francisco

Operations Area

Hydrate Ridge
Lat/Lon: 44° 0.0′ N / 125° 0.0′ W
Depth Range: 500 / 1000
Will the vessel be operating within 200 NM of a foreign country? no
Are visas or special travel documents required? no

Science Objectives

The primary objectives of this research are to

(a) characterize the biotic diversity of authigenic, methane-derived carbonates at Hydrate Ridge seeps, from microbes to metazoans, (b) identify the ecosystem-scale interactions among these groups including habitat alteration, colonization, trophic transfer,

(c) assess how proximity to methane seepage influences (a) and (b), define successional dynamics of carbonate ecosystems,

(d) determine the evolutionary affinities of carbonate faunas and (e) refine our understanding of one of the most important paleoceanographic indicators,

C. wuellerstorfi.  Community components to be studied include associated megafauna, attached epifauna, endofauna

(i.e. cryptofauna), and endolithofauna, as well as the biogeochemistry of carbonate environments experienced by these organisms.  

This cruise is the final trip in the project and is focused on recovery of experiments placed at Hydrate Ridge North and South in August 2010.

Science Activities

(1) Experiment Recovery:

(1A) Recover experimental substrates deployed at several locations representing active and inactive seep sites on Hydrate Ridge North and South (500-900 m)

These include rocks, wood, bone, and chips, and slides placed with markers. Each item must be placed in a separate compartment. There are approximately

 Units 50 to recover.

(1B) Recover transplanted carbonate rocks that were moved from active to inactive areas or vice versa in 2010. Each item must be placed in a separate compartment.

There are approximately 16 units to recover.

(1C) Recover snail grazing experiments (rocks in cages with and without snails). Each item must be placed in a separate compartment.

There are approximately 8 units to recover.

(1D) Recover foraminifera microcosms in cages. Each item must be placed in a separate compartment.

There are approximately  20 units to recover.


(2) Sample rocks and biota adjacent to experimental substrates via manipulator, cold boxes, slurps, scoops.

(3) Collect tube cores of bacterial mat, clam bed and other sediments

(4) Generate CTD profiles, collect water from immediately over the seep

(5) Examine OMZ waters (via CTD) and both OMZ and near seep sediments (via multicorer)  as alternative ops if weather fails

(6) Generate multibeam maps for use in ROV dive and elevator placement

Additional Info

Pre-cruise Planning Meeting: Teleconference
Media personnel on board: Video
an NSF funded Film crew on board a. Mike wants to talk lights and camera, he has one dive, to a site of our mutual choosing. My hope is to share two dives. b. Perhaps a German crew (of one) as well on board


  Hydrate Ridge South, Dive Day 4-6
  Distance: 0
  Days: 3
  Latitude: 44° 34.1’ N
  Longitude: 125° 9.0’ W

  Hydrate Ridge North, Dive Day 1-3
  Distance: 0
  Days: 3
  Latitude: 44° 40.0’ N
  Longitude: 125° 6.0’ W

Supporting documentation:



Funding Agency: NSF
Grant or contract number: 0826254

Scientific Instrumentation for R/V Atlantis

Shipboard Equipment

Bathymetry System 12 kHz
Bathymetry System 3.5 kHz
Deionized Water System
Science Underway Seawater System
12 kHz Pinger for Wire Use
Fume Hood

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)

Critical CTD Sensors

Sediment Sampling


Sample Storage

Climate Controlled Walk-in
Scientific Walk-in Freezer
Storage Notes: Need a refrigerator in each of the three main labs.
< 5 gal day milli-Q


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: LBL - Uncertain if Jason requires this.
USBL - Yes if Jason uses this.
nets ? up to two
transponders ?


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

Standard Oceanographic Cables

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

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: no Identify: 
Inter/intraship Communications: no Identify: 
Science Stowage: yes Identify: samples stowed until San Diego arrival
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:
Preservatives.  No chem use outside of labs. Gas cylinders general lab chems.

Radioactive Material


Additional Information

Is night time work anticipated on this cruise?yes
Specialized tech support (Seabeam, coring, other):

Multi beam. CTD, Multicoring only as bad weather backup.


Other required equipment and special needs:
Do not need multi core tech.
Request spare tubes for multi core. 

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Checklist & Notes


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

Master R/V Atlantis
Attn: Scientist's Name - AT18-10
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Mobile:  503 780-4295

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**NOTEAll packages and shipments should be sent to the following address with shipping notification sent to WHOI contacts, Ship's Agent and Rita Fahrney, contact information below:

Rita Fahrney rfahrney@portofastoria.com
cc to Agent  iss.portland@iss-shipping.com

Port of Astoria Tel: 503 325-4521

Master R/V Ship Name
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Note: Agent and WHOI contacts should be copied on all communications. It is requested that shipment information of any equipment be communicated to the Agent and WHOI contacts


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819 Ohio Ave.
Long Beach, CA 90804

Contact: Vasile Tudoran
Phone: (562) 882-5590
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For all packages and larger items, send directly to the address below.  Please notify Vasile Tudoran, vtudoran@aol.com, and dispatch@marineexpress.us in advance of all shipments

R/V Ship Name
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Isotope Use Approval: no
Isotope Notes:
NO X-Ray machine this year (2011).
SCUBA Diving: no


SSSG Tech:
Allison Heater (f), Dave Simms (m)
Science can Pre Load in San Diego June 15- 16.  
Scieence will have to off load San Fransisco.  Small select items may be left behind if Dave
Valentine is o.k.  (eb)