2013 ROV Jason and AUV Sentry Use for McDonald (Deepwater Canyons)

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.

The 2013 Deepwater Canyons mission will originate Charleston, SC, but will end in Portsmouth, NH. The cruise will be broken into two legs, with an at-sea transfer of personnel and gear offshore of Norfolk, VA. During the day ROV Jason will be utilized for 16-hour ROV surveys and sampling. At night science will conduct non-ROV sampling including box coring, bottom trawling, retrieval and re-deployment of four benthic landers and 2 moorings, multibeam mapping, CTD and water sampling (using CTD with niskin rosette). Education and outreach activities will be incorporated into the cruise, using NOAA, NC Museum of Natural Sciences, USGS and other institutional websites. This cruise is a collaborative effort between the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM, the major funding source), CSA Ocean Sciences, Inc. (CSA, the BOEM contractor) and academic partners, NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research (OER, provider of ship time), and the US Geological Survey (USGS).