A team of scientists from MBARI’s Midwater Ecology group spent December studying oceanic animals around and underneath Antarctic icebergs. Using nets, sampling bottles, and a small remotely operated vehicle (ROV), they compared the animal communities associated with the icebergs to communities in the open ocean.
During the spring and summer of 2005, engineers have been working on the main “science node,” a key element of the Monterey Accelerated Research System (MARS). After being installed on the seafloor, the science node will serve as a network hub and an electrical substation for the MARS underwater observatory.
One of David Packard’s goals when founding MBARI was to create an environment where scientists and engineers could work together to develop new cutting-edge tools for marine research. Six different examples of such work are being presented this week at the 2005 Joint Assembly meeting of AGU in New Orleans.