Ocean Health

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.

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Ocean Health Projects

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M1 mooring turnaround

MBARI’s M1 mooring is an important data collection station that floats above the seafloor in Monterey Bay continuously taking a variety of measurements to give researchers a clear picture of oceanographic conditions.
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Ocean Imaging Expedition

In early March, MBARI's Ocean Imaging Group conducted low-altitude seafloor surveys aboard the R/V Western Flyer as part of the Coordinated Canyon Experiment.
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Buried at sea

During a study to learn how sediments flow through submarine canyons, a one-ton monitoring device on the seafloor was swept down Monterey Canyon and partially buried—twice in one year.
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Acoustical Ocean Ecology

In the ocean, most resources are heterogeneously distributed and highly dynamic. The Acoustical Ocean Ecology Group focuses on the ecological role of these dynamics in pelagic marine ecosystems.

Making an impact

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Exploration and Discovery

Exploration inevitably leads to discovery. MBARI is uniquely positioned to explore the deep-sea realm and its connections with the ocean surface. Easy access to Monterey Bay’s deep submarine canyon provides a natural laboratory for scientific research and engineering innovation.
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Climate Change

Climate-driven changes in upwelling, ocean mixing, oxygen minimum zones, and nutrient cycling are likely to affect the year-to-year variation in ocean ecosystem processes. These changes will potentially impact marine life and the fundamental underpinnings of fisheries from shallow to deep-sea habitats.
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Ocean Health

One of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation’s long-term goals it to restore the health and productivity of the world ocean, on which all live depends. MBARI research results have contributed to raising public awareness about the health and future of the ocean.