The National Deep Submergence Facility (NDSF) hosted at WHOI, is a federally - funded center that operates, maintains, and coordinates the use of three vital deep ocean vehicles.
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 funded requests for the NDSF vehicles, navigate to the UNOLS Ship Time Request System Detailed Project and Request Search.
In order to better track the status of NDSF vehicle and system performance, DESSC will conduct debrief interviews of Principal Investigators who use Jason, Alvin, and Sentry. Agendas for DESSC meetings will include summary reports of these debriefs. Participation in the debriefs will include a DESSC representative, the science user, and the NDSF Chief Scientist (Anna Michel). A list of items that have been identified as problems or areas where improvement is needed will be documented.
The following individuals are the current DESSC representatives who will conduct debriefs:
ROV Jason – Andrew Thurberr / OSU
HOV Alvin - Roxanne Beinart / URI
AUV Sentry – Scott White / University of So. Carolina