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.
Studying the impact of deep-sea dumping
Although many nautical maps show sites where chemical weapons have been dumped years ago, it had not been clear if these sites contain serious hazards or might be free of munitions waste. MBARI researchers conducted surveys of one supposed deep‐water dump site off Southern California. The preliminary survey turned up trash and 55‐gallon drums, but no chemical munitions. In addition to suggesting that not all marked sites contain chemical munitions, this study demonstrates that underwater robots can be used to survey such sites to identify areas of concern.