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Alvin Pre-Cruise Chief Scientist Checklist

Overview

This pre-cruise checklist is designed to ensure the Chief Scientist, the Alvin Operations Coordinator, and the Alvin Expedition Leader understand and acknowledge the science requirements and vehicle expectations before starting the cruise. We encourage all Chief Scientists to follow the checklist and to meet all deadlines to improve the Alvin team’s ability to fulfill science objectives and increase the chance for a successful science cruise. Please note, some of the information below will also be required in MFP.

All communications for pre-cruise planning should be sent to alvin-precruise@whoi.edu. This email list will ensure the Alvin Operations Coordinator, Expedition Leader & Engineering Leads are part of the planning process.

NOTE: Please include the cruise ID, PI name, and a description of the inquiry, in the subject line.

6 - 12 Months Prior to Cruise

  • Send funded proposal to alvin-precruise@whoi.edu to enable the Alvin Team to review the science objectives, cruise location, and proposal details.
  • Review website
  • Review Camera configuration
    • If planning > 4500m dives, note PATZ (pan and tilt, zoom) cameras will be removed
    • Determine placement of digital still camera
      • Alvin_GoPro2 can be mounted on Basket or Elevator (possibly arm as - well)
    • Alvin does not provide photo mosaicing as part of the standard data product. If planning for photo mosaicing, alternate custom imaging arrangements must be discussed. Please contact alvin-precruise@whoi.edu.
  • Science-provided Equipment
    • Determine if anyone in the science party has equipment (sensors, sampling gear, cameras, biological boxes, etc) to be installed on or used in the submersible (including any science user laptops).
    • Send details of the equipment, sizes, weight (in and out of water), and power requirements to alvin-precruise@whoi.edu. Alvin Operations Coordinator will evaluate all equipment for compatibility with sub systems, and determine if any science equipment needs toxicity/flammability testing, implodable/explodable testing.
    • After any required pressure testing, send certifications to alvin-precruise@whoi.edu.
  • Develop Alvin Basket plan (400 lb max max payload in air, 16 sq ft. (48”x48”))
    • Begin to compile a list of basket mounted equipment including pictures, fully loaded wet and dry weights, dimensions and launch configuration.
  • Develop Alvin Elevator plan (if any)
    (400-1000 lbs max payload in air dependent on elevator configuration)

    • Determine if Alvin elevator operations are required
    • Begin to compile a list of elevator mounted equipment including pictures, fully loaded wet and dry weights, dimensions and launch configuration.
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4 - 6 Months Prior to Cruise

  • Develop detailed cruise and dive plans prior to the Alvin pre-cruise planning meeting. (scheduled 4-6 months prior to the cruise). Send to alvin-precruise@whoi.edu a draft document containing:
    • Science Objectives
    • General dive targets to inform navy area clearances
      (# of dives, approx. coordinates/ area, expected depths)
    • Intentions for user-supplied equipment
    • Intentions for facility-supplied equipment
    • Basket requirements
    • Elevator needs, if any (details discussed during pre-cruise meeting)
    • Imaging requirements
  • Attend pre-cruise planning meeting(s).
    Pre-cruise meeting agenda

    • Overall cruise plan (Chief Scientist)
    • Alvin Observer Pre-Dive Briefing which includes observer physical requirements & medical considerations to be shared with the science party (Alvin Operations Coordinator)
    • Daily routine (Dive day schedule, science meetings) (Alvin Operations Coordinator, Chief Scientist)
    • Bottom time expectations
    • Weather/contingency planning
    • Plans for Pilot-In-Training and any engineering dives (Alvin Operations Coordinator)
  • Daily dive plan/launch and bottom targets
    • General dive targets to inform daily/ cruise dive area requests at this time
    • Exact coordinates to be provided upon arrival to the vessel
      Alvin (decimal degrees: e.g. 42.15188°)
      Atlantis (degrees, minutes, seconds: e.g. 42° 9' 6.768")
    • Navy dive area clearance (Alvin Operations Coordinator)
  • Underlays/maps format/existing bathymetric and dive planning grids
  • Discussion of user-supplied equipment (Chief Scientist)
    • Confirmation that all pressure, flammability, or toxicity testing needed has been completed or is planned (Alvin Operations Coordinator)
  • Confirmation of all Alvin-supplied equipment to be installed on Alvin (Chief Scientist)
    • Search Sonar
    • Magnetometer
    • Heat Flow Probe
    • Rock Collection Basket
    • Push Sediment Corers
    • Sm Capacity Slurp Sampler
    • Lg Capacity Slurp Sampler
    • Bio Collection Box: Standard (12x12x12”)
    • Bio Collection Box: Large (12x24x12”)
    • Bio Collection Box: Sensitive Sample (12x18x12”)
    • Niskin Water Sampling Bottles (1.2 Liter)
    • Major Water Samplers
    • CTD
    • Scoop Nets
    • Temperature Probes
  • Basket weight and space (400 lb max max payload in air, 16 sq ft. (48”x48”))
    • Provide a list of basket mounted equipment including pictures, fully loaded wet and dry weights, dimensions and launch configuration.
      • NOTE: If rock sampling is anticipated, recommended maximum pre-launch basket load- out weight should not exceed 300 lbs in air
  • Planned Elevator work (if any)
    • Provide a list of elevator mounted equipment including pictures, fully loaded wet and dry weights, dimensions and launch configuration.
    • 400-1000 lbs max payload in air dependent on elevator configuration
      • NOTE: If rock sampling is anticipated, recommended maximum pre-launch basket load- out weight should not exceed 400 lbs in air
  • Imaging system configuration
  • Review standard Data Product and Sealog Customization (Data lead)
  • Any planned media (Photojournalists, Documentary film crew, etc) participation
    • Chief Scientist to contact Jayne Doucette in the WHOI Communications Department
  • Generate action items for both parties with deadlines
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No later than 1 Month Prior to Cruise

  • Close out remaining action items

* This list is for planning with DSV Alvin and does not include the broader overall cruise plan.