University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS) is an organization of 58 academic institutions and National Laboratories involved in oceanographic research and joined for the purpose of coordinating oceanographic ships' schedules and research facilities.
This Cruise Planning Application is intended to connect scientists and students with ship operators as a supplement to the Ship Time Request System. Ship operators and host institutions will create a new cruise plan when they are ready to begin the planning process. The Chief Scientist or Principal Investigator for the project will be notified by the ship operator when the cruise plan is ready for their input.
There is no common roadmap for planning a scientific research cruise once a Ship Time Request has been granted. Each UNOLS participating institution has their own policies and procedures with very little consensus. This project aims to fix this problem in the following ways: