The benthic rover during tests of the drive mechanism at about 3,300 feet depth in 2006. The rover is headed to the left; the bare poles on its front will hold sensitive respirometers when the vehicle is connected to MARS.
Deep-Sea Environmental Sample Processor - MBARI's robotic biology lab already filters microbes from surface water and identifies them on its own. To study deep-sea life, this new ESP must be able to do its careful lab work in 90 times the pressure we feel on land.
The DEIMOS system works like the “fish finder” used on many recreational fishing boats, but instead of pointing down from the sea surface, it points up from the seafloor. DEIMOS was developed by professor John Horne, along with research scientists David Barbee and Dick Kreisberg, at the University of Washington.
Eye in the Sea – This low-light camera sits quietly and looks for shy creatures by the eerie glow of their bioluminescence – a feature shared by 90 percent of deep-sea life. So far, we’ve studied the deep using loud subs with bright lights. Eye in the Sea uses a stealthier approach.
The FOCE experiment is designed to study the effects of increased carbon dioxide concentrations in seawater on marine animals. This experiment is of vital importance, since seawater is becoming more acidic as more and more human-generated carbon dioxide dissolves from the atmosphere into the world’s oceans.
PhoBOS - The Photographic Benthic Observing System (PhoBOS) is an integrated suite of instruments placed near the MARS site to monitor ocean conditions and seafloor life.