[MARMAM] Fwd: A Message from the National Science Foundation Division of Ocean Sciences (OCE)

Tracy Gill - NOAA Federal tracy.gill at noaa.gov
Fri Jun 12 06:59:48 PDT 2015

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From: U.S. Science Support Program <usssp at usoceandiscovery.org>
Date: Fri, Jun 12, 2015 at 9:50 AM
Subject: A Message from the National Science Foundation Division of Ocean
Sciences (OCE)


  A Message from the National Science Foundation Division of Ocean Sciences

*To the Scientific Ocean Drilling Community:*

*Regional Framework Plan for Marine Seismics - OCE Communication, Early
Summer 2015*

OCE is carefully considering input from the marine seismic community and
the UNOLS Marcus Langseth Science Oversight Committee (MLSOC) regarding
ways to improve experiment planning. This advice, together with internal
NSF discussions, leads us to adopt a Regional Framework Path for marine
seismic data acquisition. As the NSF reply to the NRC/NAS Decadal Survey
“Sea Change” indicated, we are investigating options for how to support
future marine seismic research, including deep crustal seismic capability.
A regional approach is expected to be relevant for any feasible model, and
thus we intend to get underway with a regional plan so as to understand the
ramifications of operating in this mode. Moving forward, we will continue
to work with MLSOC and the community at large to assess any need for

The regional framework is designed to reduce overall data acquisition
costs, and:


   Provide guidance about when to submit proposals for research in a
   particular area.

   Encourage investigators (both US and potential international teams) with
   new ideas for work along the path to submit a proposal that could mesh
   geographically (modest transit) with the framework path.
    - Provide rotating access to all regions of scientific interest within
   a timeframe of several years.

The framework can flex somewhat in response to demand. NSF proposals for
projects along the path should be submitted about 18-30 months prior to
potential cruise dates. Details of the path can evolve but the main regions
are expected to be retained. The length of time in one region will reflect
demand and science timeliness considerations for the next region(s) along
the path. The vision for this framework is that it can guide planning ~4
years into the future. Subsequent path route(s) will be announced
approximately biennially, based on NSF understanding of projected interest
areas and MLSOC and community input.

The Table below lists 2015 seismic work, with emphasis in the North
Atlantic / Mediterranean. The next opportunity for NSF deep seismic data
acquisition in this region would be after 2019/20. Shallow seismic work
using existing portable systems, such as currently operated by Scripps or
using P-Cable (available via lease agreement), will continue to be
scheduled as needed for funded projects in any region.

* Platforms of opportunity may occasionally handle collaborative work that
deviates from the Regional Path.

*National Science Foundation Division of Ocean Sciences (OCE)*

Issued 11 June 2015

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