Thread: Final call: participation in PacificArray OBS deployment

Started: 2018-01-09 21:44:26
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Final Call for Participation – Pacific Array OBS deployment #1 (Mar/Apr/May 2018)

Application Deadline: Jan 15, 2018

Cruise dates: March 31 – April 30, 2018 (flexibility of ±5 days required)
PIs: Jim Gaherty, Zach Eilon, Don Forsyth, Göran Ekström
Science Party: up to 6

We are soliciting cruise participants for the RV Kilo Moana Broadband OBS deployment, part of the international PacificArray initiative to install ocean bottom seismographs in arrays across the Pacific plate. We plan to collect a passive seismic dataset from a region of seafloor that has never previously been instrumented. This region, close to the Marquesas Islands in the central Pacific, is notable for unexplained gravity lineations that hint at small-scale sub-lithospheric convection. More information about this project can be found online: (

Aside from participating in deployment of 30 OBS instruments, science party responsibilities will include rotating 8-hour watches to collect and archive multi-beam bathymetry and side-scan data, as well as crewing on board oceanographic instrumentation. Cruise activities will include reading and discussion of papers pertinent to the science goals of the experiment.

Selected applicants will contribute to collecting the open-access data that will be provided to the scientific community for use in addressing a wide spectrum of Earth Science research targets, from marine geophysics to global seismology. Applications from students and early career scientists are particularly encouraged. Applicants do not need to have experience with the type of data collection they will participate in; we hope that wide community participation in these field campaigns will provide opportunities for scientists to gain familiarity with a variety of data collection techniques. Limited funds for travel to/from ports of San Diego and Honolulu are available for participants.

To apply, please assemble an application package (2-page CV and 1-page statement of interest and experience) and submit it electronically to James Gaherty (gaherty<at> no later than January 15, 2018. Applications by graduate students require a letter of support from the graduate advisor.
James Gaherty, Lamont Research Professor
Associate Director for Seismology, Geology, and Tectonophysics
Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory
Columbia University
61 Rt 9W
Palisades, NY 10964

Ph: (845)365-8450
Fax: (845)365-8150
email: gaherty<at>

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