Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
2004 projects
New in situ instruments

Biophysical oceanographic sensor array (BiOSA) a new tool for assessing global trends

Project Manager/Lead Scientist: Zbigniew Kolber
Lead Engineer: Denis Klimov

Our objective is to produce sensors and instruments that enable new science in the ocean, and to apply these tools to address relevant scientific questions in oceanography. Within this objective we intend to implement a sensor development cycle, where scientific questions drive a search for novel measurement methods and techniques, where the most promising of these methods are implemented in new sensors and instruments, and the new instruments are field-tested and deployed in the ocean. To achieve these goals we propose to undertake a series of research activities and engineering tasks.

At the most basic level we will develop new class of optoelectronic components to be used in a range of sensors and instruments. All of these sensors will be designed with a common mechanical/electrical format, compliant with the Biophysical Oceanographic Sensor Array (BiOSA), a compact instrument frame that will be capable of carrying a number of interchangeable sensors in standardized sensor sockets. Small size and low power consumption will make BiOSA deployable on a variety of existing and emerging platforms, including cabled seafloor and moored observatories, moorings, remotely-controlled/autonomous vehicles, floats, and gliders.

To support the sensor development program we will maintain a dedicated biophysical facility, where we will exploit applications of nanotechnology, diffractive optics, and optoelectronics toward sensor development.

Last updated: Feb. 05, 2009