Updated: December 18, 2012
The DEep Submergence Science Committee (DESSC) is a standing Committee of the University - National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS). DESSC provides advisory responsibilities for the National Deep Submergence Facility which includes Alvin, Jason/Medea, and the Sentry.
Web Page Index
Peter Girguis, Chair
Tim Shank (ex-officio)
Chris German (ex-officio)
Rob Munier (ex-officio)
The National Academies formed a committee in 2003 to study future needs in submergence science. On the site you will find: the study's Statement of Task, a list of those serving on the committee, downloadable presentations that were made to the committee, and community comments. The Committee’s final report can be viewed at: <http://books.nap.edu/openbook.php?isbn=0309091144>.
To request use of the National Deep Submergence Facility (NDSF) vehicles, please submit a UNOLS Ship Time Request Form. Click the appropriate box(es) in the "Ancillary Facilities" section of the form to specify ALVIN or the ROVs.
To view all requests for the NDSF vehicles, navigate to the Search Ship Time Request Forms and select the fields you wish to view.
Search Final Ship Time Request Forms on the old UNOLS STR System.
NBC Today Show host, Ann Curry, dives in Alvin. The broadcast can be seen on the MSNBC website at <http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/27598574#27641853>
Oceanus Magazine: Building the Next-Generation Alvin Submersible - Plan offers a roadmap to extend sub's diving capacity to reach 99 percent of the seafloor. <http://www.whoi.edu/oceanus/viewArticle.do?id=53066>, November 10, 2008
Interactive Tour of Alvin - The deep diving submersible Alvin helped to turn a sunless, freezing marine world into a new frontier. More than 4,000 dives to the seafloor have allowed scientists to discover undersea volcanoes, deep-sea minerals, and hundreds of previously unknown organisms. Learn more about the vehicle in this interactive feature. (Requires Adobe Flash Player) <http://www.whoi.edu/home/interactive/alvin/>
Margo Edwards and Chris German - Letter to Comunity - Subject: Instructions for future science access to DSL-120A, July 13, 2006
ABE is added to the National Deep Submergence Facility. <ABELetter_070606.pdf>.
A Progress Report On The Design Study For An Alvin Replacement , Bob Brown (WHOI), January 2003
Dan Fornari - Letter to Deep Submergence Community - Subject: A perspective on two decades of deliberations regarding deep submergence facility requirements and suggestions for the future, 11/26/02
and Potential Marine Geological, Biological, and Geochemical Research
Scientific justification for the need for a greater depth-capability in occupied submersibles, DESSC, August 2002
If you have any interesting cruise information/images that you would like to share with the community, send it to the UNOLS office for posting on the homepage.
Dive and Discover: <http://www.divediscover.whoi.edu> - "Dive and Discover is an interactive distance learning Web site designed to immerse you in the excitement of discovery and exploration of the deep seafloor. Dive and Discover brings you right on board a series of research cruises and gives you access to the latest oceanographic and deep submergence research as it happens! Be at the front line of scientific inquiry and join scientists - geologists, geophysicists, chemists and biologists - who are exploring the seafloor and making amazing deep-sea discoveries. Daily updates, photos, videos, and e-mail correspondence with scientists aboard research vessels allow you to follow the progress of the scientific mission and find out about life on the floating laboratories at sea."
Revised: December 18, 2012