2014 Expeditions

The MARS science node.

Benthic Biology 2014 Expedition

December 16-20, 2014
During this expedition, Senior Scientist Jim Barry and his research group will inspect the route along the Monterey Accelerated Research System (MARS), a 52-kilometer-long (32-mile-long) submarine cable that provides electrical power and data connections for research instruments in the deep sea.
Kristine Walz next to the MiniROV, which stands just a few feet tall, but can be used as a fly-away vehicle in remote locations.

Midwater Ecology 2014 Expedition

November 12-18, 2014
On November 12, the R/V Western Flyer headed to sea for an eight-day expedition with the Midwater Ecology research group, led by Bruce Robison. During this expedition, they plan to deploy the Midwater Respirometry System, conduct midwater transects, collect specimens for lab studies and for exhibit at Monterey Bay Aquarium, make in situ observations, and jig or trawl for squid at night. They also plan to deploy the mini remotely operated vehicle (ROV) for the first time from the Western Flyer
Electrical Engineer Paul McGill controls the science camera as ROV Doc Ricketts flies near the Benthic Rover. The research team was happy to see that the Rover was properly functioning.

Pelagic-Benthic Coupling 2014 Expedition

October 12-15, 2014
MBARI's Benthic-Pelagic Coupling Group, led by Chief Scientist Ken Smith, is currently working on the R/V Western Flyer at Station M, located 200 kilometers off the coast of Santa Barbara, California. This week marks the 64th research expedition dedicated to an abyssal time series study at Station M. Since 1989, studies at this site 4,000 meters deep have produced insights into changing conditions in the deep sea. The research group is studying carbon supply to deep-sea ecosystems, and benthic community responses to food supply.

Biodiversity and Biooptics 2014 Expedition

September 16-22, 2014
Steve Haddock’s research group and their collaborators study deep-sea gelatinous zooplankton (various types of jelly-like animals). Haddock’s research focuses on bioluminescence, biodiversity, and ecology of deep-sea and open-ocean ctenophores, siphonophores, radiolarians, and medusae. In addition to studying the evolutionary relationships of these animals, Haddock is interested in cloning the proteins that enable these jellies to emit light or fluoresce.
lava pillow resembles a small bird

Northern 2014 Expedition

August 16-September 6, 2014
MBARI’s research vessel Western Flyer and remotely operated vehicle Doc Ricketts are on a seven-week expedition to the waters off the coasts of Oregon and Washington. A multidisciplinary group of MBARI scientists and collaborators will explore and conduct research experiments on gas hydrates, the behavior of carbon dioxide in the deep sea, underwater volcanoes, and deep-sea animals.

At Sea

Research Vessel Western Flyer
2016 departure/arrival times
Research Vessel Rachel Carson
Research Vessel Paragon
Emergencies and contacts
Onboard cruise log
Policies and operating guidelines
Cruise planning
Marine operations policies
Departure/arrival times
Early departure
Elevator payload limits
Hazardous materials
Homer beacon policies
Lab use and chemical safety
NILSPIN ™ oceanographic ropes
Push core policies and description
RHIB operations
Rigging policy
Science party size
Cruise planning
R/V Western Flyer cruise planning
Checklist of Supplies
Cruises outside home port
Data and video: formats and specifics
Departure/arrival times
early departure
Hazardous materials
Precruises and postcruises
RHIB operations
ROV dive time definitions
ROV users checklist
Safety Management System
Science party guidelines
Scuba diving
Ship to shore communications
R/V Rachel Carson cruise planning
R/V Paragon cruise planning
Marine operations policies
Remotely operated vehicles
ROV Ventana
ROV Doc Ricketts
Mini remotely operated vehicle (ROV)
Autonomous underwater vehicles
Gulper autonomous underwater vehicle
Seafloor mapping AUV
Long-range autonomous underwater vehicle Tethys
Investigations of imaging for midwater autonomous platforms
Benthic Rover
Autonomous surface vehicles
Wave Glider
Wave Glider-based communications hotspot
2015 Expeditions
2014 Expeditions
2013 Expeditions
2012 Expeditions
Cabled observatory
About MARS
MARS contacts
MARS science experiments
How to connect to MARS
MARS contacts
How to interface
MARS site description
MARS instrument deployment
MARS biology
MARS technology
MARS connector wiring
MARS node description
More ocean observatory resources
Local notice to mariners
Mooring data
Research tools
Administration & planning
Cruise planning
Marine operations technicians
Marine operations policies