The Global Tropical Moored Buoy Array Program welcomes the opportunity to develop cooperative research projects that make use of the ships supporting the Global Tropical Moored Buoy Array. These ancillary research projects must be on a "not-to-interfere basis" with regard to the primary objective of GTMBA cruises, which is maintenance of the moored buoy arrays. The regular schedule of servicing required for the buoys offers a unique opportunity for scientifically meritorious projects to collect data in remote regions of the tropical oceans over extended periods of time.
Investigators planning to participate in servicing cruises through grants or contracts from NOAA, NSF, NASA, or other similar funding sources should notify the Global Tropical Moored Buoy Array Project Office well in advance of proposal submission. The GTMBA Project Office will determine the feasibility of the proposed work based on current technical and logistic constraints, and its compatibility with programmatic objectives. Investigators must also submit a written description of their work to the GTMBA Project Office 90 days prior to participating on a particular cruise. The description should include scientific objectives, details of operations, participating personnel, support requested from the GTMBA project or vessel, and a complete inventory of equipment (with weights and dimensions), including hazardous materials. All projects will be required to comply with shipboard policies including medical clearance for embarked personnel and compliance with hazardous material policies.
For more information, contact:
GTMBA Project Office
7600 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle, WA 98115 USA