MBARI ocean observing systems (MOOS)
MOOS mooring system
Lead Scientist: Francisco Chavez
Lead Engineer/Project Manager: Mark Chaffey
This project is a direct result of the MBARI ocean observing systems
(MOOS) workshop held in February 1999. A major conclusion of the workshop
was that a portable mooring system that incorporated bi-directional
communications and power feeds to suites of benthic, midwater and surface
instruments was a highly desirable MOOS platform.
The plan to accomplish the goal of a mooring system concept design is
- Identify the current state-of-the-art in advanced mooring systems
and existing technical limitations where MBARI can contribute possible
- Identify prospective collaborators from outside institutions,
especially those with expertise in mooring cable dynamics. MBARI lacks
technical experience in the design and deployment of advanced mooring
cabling strategies, and could benefit by working with outside
collaborators on this aspect of the system.
- Develop a firm concept design for the mooring vertical riser cable
and conduct a general review that includes costs, risks, reliability
and capability design tradeoffs.
- In cooperation with the other year 2000 mooring projects, identify
the costs, resource requirements and timeline to design, build and
deploy an initial MOOS mooring system.