Cruise Planning Questionnaire

    Vehicle(s) required:
    Name of ship for ROV ops:
    Ch Sci:
Lisa Levin
Scripps Institution of Oceanography
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, CA 92093-0218
    POC / contact info:
Departure port & date:July 2, 2006
    Distance to first station:
    Number of stations:
    Distance between stations:
    Total days on station:
Arrival port & date:July 20, 2006
Op area:N. California (Eel R), Oregon (Hydrate Ridge)
Lat/Lon:40o 48.7'N 124o 36.7 W; 44o 34.2 N 125o 08 W W
Depth range:480 to 900 m
    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: OCE 0425317

    Science objectives/activities planned:
Study the ecology, physiology and evolution of methane seep sediment faunas (with focus on dorvilleid polychaetes) in association with microbial and geochemical environments. Specific tasks will include
(1) deployment and recovery of colonization tray experiments (12 at Eel R., 12 at Hydrate ridge) to test settlement response to sulfides (use of gear elevator+sub). (2) collection of sediment in push cores/box cores for measurements of sulfide, sulfate reduction (35S), animal distributions/nutritional properties, shipboard incubation experiments with 13C tracers, nitrogen fixation, microbial consortia, sediment properties etc. (3) deployment and recovery of carbonate colonization substrates (4) large animal collections via biobox, scoop and slurp for nutritional studies (fatty acid, lipids, isotopes). (5) photographic surveys of seep and carbonate epifauna/habitat structure (6) rock collections (carbonates) Night operations will include extensive CTD casts and water sampling + multicoring transects across the oxygen minimum zones off CA/OR (400-1200 m).

WHOI shipboard scientific instrumentation desired:
    12 kHz Transducer
    3.5 kHz Transducers
Fume Hood
Deionized Water SystemChest Freezer
CTD/Rosette System-70 Deg Freezer
    Box Corer
Walk-In Cooler
10-liter Niskin Bottles
Pinger for Wire Use

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 or 3 nets; 3 transponders/net
Ultra-short baseline (USBL) navigation? Yes
Doppler/GPS navigation? Yes

Will you be using portable science vans? Yes How many: isotope van

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?
Number 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? Yes

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?
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