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Principle Investigators' Corner

Data Services Provided

The HURL data department prepared dive packages, including labeled tapes and other support materials, for all dives conducted between 2005 and 2011. For dives prior to late 2009, packages included 4 2-hr DVCAM tapes, with 1-hr miniDV tapes available on demand for recording from additional cameras. Once dives were completed, all PI’s were provided with DVD copies of all the video from their dives as well as all still images, Tracking, CTD and NaDS data available for their dives. Starting in 2010, dive packages simply consist of formatted external hard drives pre-loaded with necessary files. All data collected during a series of dives is copied in duplicate to hard drives that are provided to the PI and the data department archive. The library of dive DVDs has become a regularly used resource for PIs and graduate students who can use the archived video as a part of their research and/or to help to prepare for upcoming dives.

GIS Support for HURL Projects

HURL Biologist Dr. Christopher Kelley is experienced with ArcGIS software and is responsible for the majority of HURL’s GIS tasks. To assist other project investigators, he creates GIS projects or GIS products on request. To ensure investigators have access to GIS tools during their cruises, he updates the ship’s GIS laptop and tracking system computers with project specific data, including dive maps and tracking system underlays, prior to the ship leaving port. Investigators who would like to make on-board last minute changes to their dive plans can meet with Steve Price of the operations team who can then help them select new dive sites and create new dive maps on the GIS laptop. Tracking system underlays have also been a particularly valuable tool during the last six years. These are multibeam and/or sidescan sonar geotifs, contours, previous dive tracks, guide boxes, point files, and other types of data that are pre-loaded onto the tracking system computer. Prior to each submersible and ROV dive, these layers are imported into the tracking system display by HURL’s chief engineer, Dr. Dan Greeson, which allows the tracking room operators to see the real-time movement of the vehicles superimposed over the data. Through communications with the submersible, the tracking room can then precisely guide the pilots and observers to target sites, interesting geologic features, or ensure the vehicle is following the planned dive route desired by the principal investigator. Kelley and other biology program personnel also support biology projects by assisting with identifications of animals on request.


Requests for Proposals

HURL builds part of its research program through solicitations for proposals, with an open call typically advertised every few years. Scientists interested in participating may respond, usually through an initial pre-proposal process to screen for programmatic relevance and logistical feasibility.  Following invitation and submission of full proposals, the selection of individual scientific research projects is conducted through rigorous peer review and recommendations from an independent scientific advisory panel.  Field work to support awarded projects will be scheduled in collaboration with the principal investigators, and may be conducted over several years in some cases.


  • QLR -- fill out after every dive

  • Science Gear & Personnel Forms (pdf) (word)

  • Proposal Forms -- OER Cover Sheet (pdf)




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