Science Mission Planning

UNOLS Cruise Planner

STARC works closely with the USCGC Healy officers and crew to plan and coordinate each science mission. This process begins far in advance of the Science Cruise and continues until Healy departs for the Arctic field season. Station plans, equipment requests, and overboard operations are discussed in detail to ensure an efficient and safe mission.

The UNOLS Cruise Planner is the primary tool for science mission planning and is supplemented by regular tele-conferences or ship visits as needed.

The details of each Science Mission are uploaded to the Healy section of the UNOLS Cruise Planner. Access to the Cruise Planner and content is only provided to the Science Party, Science Collaborators, STARC and USCGC Healy. To view cruise details a login is required and access is granted at the discretion of the Chief Scientist.

If you have questions please contact the Arctic Cruise Coordinator at Scripps Institution of Oceanography or the USCG Science Liaison

Cruise Planning Timeline

Ship Time Request: although not technically a UNOLS vessel, US Coast Guard Icebreakers utilize the UNOLS Ship Time Request Forms Principal investigators are encouraged to submit a form as early as possible in the planning process. More information can be found at

Shipboard Civility

All sailing members of the science party must watch the UNOLS videos and review UNOLS policy on Shipboard Civility. All science personnel must acknowledge review of this material prior to sailing on USCGC Healy on the UNOLS Crusie Planner.

In addition to the UNOLS policy, the US Coast Guard also supports and enforces Anti-Harassment and Anti-Discrimination in the workplace. Information on this will be provided during the Welcome Aboard presentation.

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