MBARI ocean observing systems
MBARI ocean observing system program
Project Manager: Keith Raybould
Long term plans for the MBARI ocean observing system (MOOS) program include both
mooring-based and cabled-based observatory systems.
The mooring observatory system will provide capabilities to instrument
upper water column and benthic locations of scientific interest in various
geographical sites. Advanced capabilities will include satellite based
bi-directional communications, event detection and response, as well as
integration and operation with other advanced platforms including AUVís and
vertical profilers. It is envisaged that there will be three major deployment
phases during the development program, the first being an engineering test
program, the last two being tied closely to science programs. After the
development program deployments, there may be other build and deployment
programs that are part of science proposals to outside funding agencies.
MBARIís cabled observatory interests are based on a cabled network in
Monterey Bay located in areas of scientific interest. It will also function as a
test bed for validating NEPTUNE technologies. MBARI is also a full partner in
the NEPTUNE program.
Many of the subsystems being developed for the two observatory systems
are common to a large degree, such as AUV docking, instrumentation software
infrastructure, instrumentation interface, cable laying and connection, event
detection and response, data management systems, etc.
In the early phases of the MOOS program, many of the subsystems will go
through proof of concept development phases with relatively independent test
programs. The later deployments of the MOOS mooring will be increasingly
integrated to include many of these sub-systems.
MOOS mooring observatory
Lead Engineer: Mark Chaffey
There are three main deployment phases during the mooring observatory
development program, the first being an engineering test program, the last two
being tied closely to science programs.
- Engineering Deployment #1
This deployment is based on testing the high risk elements of the mooring
system. The aim will be to verify the
mooring dynamics, test the design life of the cable terminations, bending/axial
strain reliefís, and to verify our ability to perform the ROV between the
riser cable and the seafloor-mounted instrumentation.
- MOOS Mooring System Deployment #2
This mooring will include the final low power version power system, completed
intra-node communications system and a data connection back to shore. The
operating software will be an initial release of Instrumentation Software
Infrastructure (ISI) software with
proof-of-concept applications drivers to support the specific instrument suite
specified in the target science experiment. Early versions of the Shore Side
Data System will be tested with this system. This deployment will likely be in
2003. The science
experiment will determine the configuration of the Mooring System #2.
- MOOS Mooring System Deployment #3
This MOOS system will include many of the advanced mooring capabilities
including autonomous AUVís with power recharge and data transfer. Satellite
communications will allow bi-directional communications for remote deployments.
Deployment is anticipated at the earliest in 2005, and will be tied closely into
a science program that will benefit from these capabilities. Selection of the
science experiment will not take place till after deployment #2.
MOOS cabled observatory
Lead Engineer: Gene Massion
Lead Scientist: John Ryan
- Canyon Dynamics Experiment
The Canyon Dynamics experiment will be completed early
MBARI is a full NEPTUNE partner, with the principal contributions being
- the systems engineering development of NEPTUNE
- installation of MARS, the Monterey accelerated research system
testbed for NEPTUNE, scheduled for installation in Monterey Bay in
Overview of the 2002 MOOS Projects
In 2002, six existing MOOS projects (listed below) will continue:
New work in 2002 includes AUV docking, concept design evaluation of a
Vertical Profiler for upper water column studies and planning for MARS.