Monitoring instrumentation suite
We use a suite of instruments to perform long time-series monitoring of the sea floor at Station M, off shore of the California Coast (34.5°N, 123° W). Most of the instruments used at Sta. M are autonomous, working independently at depth (4000m) without outside control for nearly a year at a time. The lab has increasingly worked toward developing instruments that collect data during extended deployments lasting up to a year.
For an update on the results of long-term monitoring at Station M, see the open access paper:
2013 K.L. Smith, Jr., H.A. Ruhl, M. Kahru, C.L. Huffard and A.D. Sherman. Deep ocean communities impacted by changing climate over 24 y in the abyssal northeast Pacific. Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. 110(49): 19838-19841