Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

The MARS Ocean Observatory Testbed

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About the Move toward Observatory Science
NEPTUNE US – MARS is a step toward this much larger, regional cabled observatory. It will encircle the Juan de Fuca continental plate off Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia.
NEPTUNE Canada – NEPTUNE is a joint project of oceanographers in Canada and the United States. Construction on the Canada portion will begin in 2007.
Ocean.US – The national office for sustained and integrated ocean observations.
Group on Earth Observations (GEO) – more than 65 nations are building a Global Earth Observing System of Systems to better understand our planet .
Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS) – UNESCO's ocean-observatory planning arm.

Other Cabled Observatories
ESONET -- European Seas Observatory Network and EMSO (European Multidisciplinary Seafloor Observation ).
VENUS – a cabled observatory 90 m (300 feet) deep off Victoria, British Columbia. Data started flowing in early 2006 and can be viewed on their website.
Martha's Vineyard Coastal Observatory – a sturdy tripod off Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, with instruments monitoring both air and ocean conditions.
Rutgers University Coastal Ocean Observation Lab – real-time and archived data from Rutgers University's collection of gliders, buoys, and the LEO-15 cabled observatory off New Jersey.
PLUTO – a tropical cabled observatory 18 m (59 feet) deep in the Pacific, at the Liquid Jungle Lab in Panama.
PRIMO – a cabled observatory under the Antarctic ice.
Bonne Bay Marine Observatory – about 18 m (59 feet) deep in a Newfoundland fjord.

More About the MARS Science Experiments
The links below also appear on individual pages about each of the MARS science experiments.

ORCA's Eye-in-the-Sea

Dr. Edith Widder Dr. Edith Widder - inventor of Eye in the Sea
Ocean Research and Conservation Association (ORCA)

Eye-in-the Sea: An Innovative, Unobtrusive Camera System – NOAA Ocean Explorer -- NOAA Operation Deep Scope: pictures, video clips, and a daily log from a 2005 expedition to the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico.
A marine bioluminescence primer for teachers. From Bioscience Explained.
Popular Mechanics on Eye in the Sea's 2006 test run in Monterey Canyon
A short animation shows how Eye in the Sea operates at the MARS site. [2 Mb Quicktime file courtesy Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution.]

Benthic Rover

Dr. Ken Smith Dr. Ken Smith
MBARI Senior Scientist and inventor of the benthic rover
Smith's UCSD research lab page
Is the Deep Sea on a Diet? – a Science Perspective on Ken Smith’s work using the benthic rover.
The carbon cycle explained by NASA - or animated on the EPA's Kids Site.
Marine snow in Wikipedia.
The Spring Rain and Food to the Abyss - marine snow described by Woods Hole scientist Susumu Honjo.
What Grows Up Must Fall Down – the basics of marine snow, sedimentation, and climate change, from New Zealand’s National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research.

Seafloor Seismometer

Paul McGill

Paul McGill
MBARI Electrical Engineer
Chief engineer on the seismometer project

Technical details from the MBARI project team, and why we're interested.
More details from our project partners at UC Berkeley.
MBARI's seismometer felt the massive 2004 Sumatran earthquake – MBARI homepage news.
1997 news release on the seafloor seismometer's precursor. Called MOISE, it was the first ROV-installed seismometer.
How seismometers work [PDF] – a one-page explanation from IRIS, the Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology.
Earthquakes of the last week – see the current U.S. map and zoom in on your hometown.
The San Andreas and San Gregorio fault systems explained by the United States Geologic Survey.
Fly over the faults in Google Earth (part of a USGS tour of the great 1906 San Francisco earthquake.)

Deep-sea Environmental Sample Processor

Dr. Chris Scholin Dr. Chris Scholin
MBARI President and CEO
Leader of the ESP design team

Web site with details of ESP design, development, and deployments.
Evolution of a Robotic Underwater Biochemical Laboratory [600 kb PDF] – technical report about the second-generation ESP.
Robotic DNA lab helps scientists – MBARI homepage news story.
NASA’s Astrobiology magazine covers the ESP’s prospects at hydrothermal vents.

ALOHA Mooring

Dr. Bruce Howe Dr. Bruce Howe
University of Washington

ALOHA mooring homepage - University of Washington

Canyons, currents, and algal blooms - an MBARI homepage story about how water currents bring life to Monterey Bay
McLane Research Laboratories - the vertical profiler manufacturer
More about moored (vertical) profilers - from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Last updated: Jul. 25, 2012