| DRAFT project instructions. EX-16-05 Leg 1 CAPSTONE CNMI & Mariana Trench MNM (rov & mapping), April 20, 2016 - May 11, 2016 - :13129 | Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR) | Ocean Exploration Program
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DRAFT project instructions. EX-16-05 Leg 1 CAPSTONE CNMI & Mariana Trench MNM (rov & mapping), April 20, 2016 - May 11, 2016
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    2016
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DRAFT project instructions. EX-16-05 Leg 1 CAPSTONE CNMI & Mariana Trench MNM (rov & mapping), April 20, 2016 -  May 11, 2016
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  • Corporate Authors:
    United States, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration., Office of Ocean Exploration and Research,
  • Description:
    "From April to July 2016, NOAA and partners will conduct three telepresence-enabled ocean exploration cruises on NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer to collect critical baseline information in and around the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands (CNMI) and the Marianas Trench Marine National Monument (MTMNM). NOAA will work with the scientific and management community to characterize unknown and poorly-known areas through telepresence-based exploration. This expedition is part of a three year Campaign (CAPSTONE) focused on systematically collecting baseline information to support science and management needs within and around the Monuments and other protected places in the Pacific, and serves as an opportunity for NOAA and the Nation to highlight the uniqueness and importance of these national symbols of ocean conservation. This document contains project instructions for EX-16-05 Leg 1. Operations for this cruise will include ROV, mapping, telepresence-based remote participation, and CTD rosette operations. The expedition will be commence in Santa Rita, Guam with operations beginning on April 20th and conclude in Saipan, CNMI on May 11th. Operations will use the ship's deep water mapping systems (Kongsberg EM302 multibeam sonar, EK60 split-beam fisheries sonars, ADCPs, and Knudsen 3260 chirp sub-bottom profiler sonar), NOAA's two-body 6000 m remotely operated vehicle (ROVs Deep Discoverer and Seirios), CTD rosette, and the ship's high-bandwidth satellite connection for real-time ship to shore communications. Daytime ROV dives are planned every day from April 21 May 10. ROV dives will include high-resolution visual surveys and limited rock and biologic specimen sampling. Mapping operations will be conducted overnight and when the ROV is on deck. CTD casts have been requested during the cruise to collect more environmental information at sites of interest. Exploration operations for this cruise will focus on deep-water areas around CNMI and MTMNM. This expedition will help establish a baseline of information in the region to catalyze further exploration, research and management activities"--Page 2.

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