One of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation’s long-term goals is to restore the health and productivity of the world ocean, on which all life depends. MBARI research results have contributed to raising public awareness about the health and future of the ocean.
Automating midwater animal surveys
A new MBARI robot, the i2MAP AUV, can traverse the deep sea, collect data all on its own, and provide a boost to one of MBARI’s longest running research projects—the midwater-time series project. MBARI’s midwater surveys provide baseline information on water chemistry and variety of sea life, and show how these things change over time. Some changes are part of seasonal cycles or sporadic events such as El Niño. Other changes are indicators of long-term climate change. By observing changes over time, scientists can better predict what might happen to deep-sea ecosystems in the future.