Cruise Planning Questionnaire

    Vehicle(s) required:
    Name of ship for ROV ops:
    Ch Sci:
Timothy M. Shank
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
MS 33
2-14 Redfield Building
Woods Hole, MA 02543
    POC / contact info:
Departure port & date:May 19, 2005
    Distance to first station:
    Number of stations:
    Distance between stations:
    Total days on station:
Arrival port & date:June 3, 2005
Op area:Galapagos Rift
Depth range:
    Will the vessel be operating within 200 NM of a foreign country?
    Which country?
    Are visas or special travel documents required?

Funding agency:

Grant or contract number: not arrived yet

    Science objectives/activities planned:
Specifically, our objectives are to: (1) biologically characterize and chemically “map”in detail the Rosebud site and its microhabitats through the in-situ characterization of temperature, pH, and other physiochemical parameters that link with microbial biofilms and the colonization of different invertebrate species; 2) conduct comparative quantitative digital image surveys of the vent field to assess the changes in community structure that have occurred since May, 2002. Image results extracted from our constructed photomosaics and detailed imaging surveys of the Rosebud vent field in 2002 revealed that this site consists of 4 major venting areas containing vestimentiferan tubeworms (majority less than 6 cm in length), linear rows of bathymodiolid mussels (average ~1cm in length) growing along cracks in the sheet lava surface, and adjacent carpets of amphianthid anemones (ca. 50 per square meter); (3) install a suite of time-series instruments to assess correlations in the structure of the various vent communities with species-specific larval presence (through time-series larval collectors), larval settlement (through basalt panel, time-lapse camera and temperature probe array deployments), and vent fluid temperature and chemistry (through autonomous in-situ measurements; and (4) conduct a night exploration program that employs towed camera surveys/CTD surveys to explore for undiscovered high-temperature venting (a phenomena enigmatically unobserved to date on the Galápagos Rift) as well as other historic vent sites, including the once well-known Musselbed site (8km from Rosebud) to determine if and how it might have been affected by volcanic activity.

WHOI shipboard scientific instrumentation desired:
Fume Hood
    Relay Transponder for Wire Use
Deionized Water SystemChest Freezer
-70 Deg Freezer
10-liter Niskin Bottles

Is nighttime work anticipated on this cruise? Yes

    Critical MET sensors:
    Critical CTD sensors:

Do you need Seabeam? (AT and KN only) Yes

Long baseline (LBL) transponder navigation? Yes No. of xpndrs/nets: 2
Ultra-short baseline (USBL) navigation? No
Doppler/GPS navigation? Yes

Will you be using portable science vans? No How many:

Science Van #1
Science Van #2
Science Van #3

Anticipated standard oceanographic cable use:

Instrument Weight(s)
Maximum Depth
    Conducting hydro
    Steel hydro
    Steel trawl
    .681" fiber optic
    Do you require slip rings?
NoNumber of conductors:
    Do you need non-standard wire?
NoIf so, what type?
    Do you need a traction winch?
Will you be bringing any equipment (winches, blocks, etc.) that lowers equipment over the side?

If yes, please provide details:
Will there be special requirements for:

    Electrical power
    Equipment handling
    Inter/intraship communications
    Science stowage

If yes to any of the above, please identify:

Will any of the following items be used on board?

    Explosive devices
    Portable air compressors
    Flammable gases
    Isotope van

Will hazardous material be used aboard, or deployed by an ROV? No

What measures or plans have been made a) in the event of a spill, and b) for the removal and/or disposal of these materials at the completion of the cruise?
We anticipate having only ethanol and formalin on board, and will dispose of these in Seattle, the next US port.