Upper ocean biogeochemistry
Biogeochemical responses to climate and ocean variability
Project Manager/Lead Scientist: Francisco Chavez
MBARI will continue to invest in its local Monterey mooring time series
and in participation in the Equatorial Pacific moorings maintained by the
Pacific Marine Environmental Lab (PMEL). Data from these systems are
suggesting a recent regime shift caused by a phase change in the Pacific
Decadal Oscillation. In 2003, MBARI will start conducting its first time
series measurements between fixed moorings using the Dorado AUV.
Shipboard measurements will continue in tandem for the year until it is
verified that the AUV has successfully replaced the ship surveys. The AUV
surveys will also give MBARI valuable experience with the reliability and
operations costs of using AUVs for routine surveys.