Principal Investigator: James McFarlane
Co-investigators: Francisco Chavez, Tom Tengdin
This project encompasses the routine monthly maintenance for MBARIs surface moorings ("M1" and "M2") and their once-a-year overhaul maintenance, during which they are replaced with alternate moorings. The institute also maintains additional sensors on two moorings that are part of the TAO (Tropical Atmosphere Ocean) array, which consists of approximately 70 moorings in the tropical Pacific Ocean that transmit oceanographic and meteorological data in real-time via satellites. Operations personnel and hardware are provided for the TAO mooring cruises twice a year.
The technical support staff is evaluating mooring components and instruments and
reviewing the structure design of MBARIs moorings with respect to the current
technology. In 1998 they will continue to upgrade sensors and instruments, some of which
are from the original ATLAS/PMEL* moorings that have been in service for nine years.
Advances slated for implementation or under consideration include:
The comprehensive mooring system review also will include visits to other institutions for comparisons with their equipment. Recommended additional changes will continue into future years.
*ATLAS/PMELAutonomous Temperature Line Acquisition System/Pacific Marine Environmental Lab
Last updated: 07 October 2004