Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

The MARS Ocean Observatory Testbed

Accessing MARS

An independent contractor was hired to lay the MARS cable on the seafloor.  Now that the cable has been installed, MBARI's remotely operated vehicle Ventana will be the main support vehicle used for installing, accessing, and maintaining the MARS infrastructure. Please follow the links below for additional details and specifications for Marine Operations Support, the ROV Ventana, and the Research Vessel Point Lobos.

Additional Information:

When deploying experiments, a standard science party compliment of up to six can be accommodated on the R/V Point Lobos

MBARI also utilizes a large radio frequency and microwave system for transmitting, receiving, and distributing data. Remote feeds make data accessible to members of the science or engineering party who are unable to accompany the rest of the group on the vessel.

The R/V Point Lobos is a day ship, leaving the dock at 0700 hours and returning at 1630 hours. The length of time a scientist can expect to be on station is a function of the distance of the site from shore, as well as the depth of the deployment. The transit time to the MARS node is between 2 to 3 hours. The amount of bottom time will vary, usually between 2.5 to 3.5 hours. 

Last updated: Oct. 23, 2012