Proposal Preparation

The current Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between NSF, ONR and NOAA that guides
funding for WHOI/DSG to operate the submersible Alvin includes base-level
funding for operations and maintenance of the WHOI ROV and towed systems. It is
the intent of WHOI/DSG for the ROVs and towed systems to conduct 24-hour per day
operations whenever possible. Actual operating time will depend on the types of
surveys to be carried out, and the number and ability of personnel in the
science party who will be assisting DSG personnel with data acquisition. A full
operating schedule requires a minimum of three to four science persons for each
of three 8-hour watches. Switching between deployed vehicles is labor intensive
and results in a time period during which no data acquisition can occur. As a
tentative rule for planning purposes, twelve hours should be budgeted for
switching between towed vehicles and twenty-four hours if the submersible is
involved.

It is the intent of the DSG that all basic data processing
required to provide science products be done at sea in near real-time. For some
programs, the amount of data processing required to obtain the desired product
will exceed that which can be done by the supplied operational personnel. In
these cases, additional funding must be requested in the science proposal to
fund post-cruise data processing or allow greater DSG participation during the
cruise.

The majority of the expendable supplies required for vehicle
operations are included in the DSG operations proposal, but it is possible for
programs to exceed the anticipated requirements. This is also true for equipment
such as navigational transponders, long term site markers and elevators. As a
result, it is important for potential users to discuss their requirements with
DSG personnel listed in the Contacts section
early in the proposal preparation process.