2012 ROV Jason Use for VENTS- NeMO

Andrew Bowen, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

WHOI operates the NDSF, which includes the human-occupied Deep Submergence Vehicle
(HOV) Alvin, Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) Jason, and the Autonomous Underwater
Vehicle (AUV) Sentry. These facilities are funded by federal agencies such as the National
Science Foundation (NSF), the Office of Naval Research (ONR) and National Oceanic &
Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on a daily rate basis, to provide deep sea capabilities for
funded science programs sponsored by these agencies. R/V Atlantis served as the support
vehicle for HOV Alvin. The ROV and AUV can be installed on other vessels suitable for their
deployment. This “fly-away” capability provides scheduling flexibility to meet a much wider
range of requirements for the scientific community.
Most NeMO cruises involve the use of JASON-II, ROPOS, or similar ROV for conducting dive
operations, however the ALVIN manned submersible does also on occasion cover some of these
requirements. Other cruise activities involving water column studies, seafloor mapping, and
deployment/recovery of moorings and AUVs can also be accomplished on platforms not
necessarily involving ROVs or manned submersible support.