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.

Scientists spend week at sea to study microbes

For seven days at sea, the Marine Microbial Ecology Group, collected samples from the surface of the ocean to the seafloor using push cores, a water sampler designed at MBARI, and a conductivity, temperature, and depth (CTD) rosette. At the surface, the waters near Monterey Bay were rich with phytoplankton, as part of a spring bloom. Researchers conducted an experiment to understand how vitamins control the activity of phytoplankton, and with the help of the robotic arms of the ROV and the skilled hands of the ROV pilots aboard the ship, researchers led studies to understand the fate of phytoplankton on the seafloor. Deep-sea invertebrates were also observed and collected to study their community of microorganisms.

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Ocean Health Projects

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M1 mooring turnaround

Apr 5, 2017 - 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

Feb 6, 2017 - 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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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.
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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.