Equatorial Pacific (EqPac) moorings
Project Managers/Lead Scientists: Francisco Chavez and Kevin Mahoney
Lead Engineer: Kent Headley
This project will continue the ongoing program of bio-optical and biogeochemical measurements from moored platforms in the equatorial Pacific to further describe the scales of variability (from days to years) in the sources and sinks of carbon in this important region.
MBARI has maintained bio-optical and biogeochemical instrumentation since 1996 on two remote moorings in the equatorial Pacific, with support from NOAA and NASA. For this area of strong seasonal, interannual and multi-decadal variability, the moorings allow direct, high-resolution observations—description and quantification—of dynamic changes. The mooring data comprise a high-frequency time series of biogeochemical properties and ground-truth for the dramatic variability captured by satellites.