Upper ocean biogeochemistry
Layered organization of the coastal ocean (LOCO)
Project Manager/Lead Scientist: John Ryan
MBARI Science Collaboration: Chris Scholin and the ESP team
John Ryan is collaborating
with Margaret McManus of University of California, Santa Cruz and Mark
Stacey of University of California, Berkeley, on a project funded by the ONR
(Office of Naval Research) program, Layered Organization of the Coastal Ocean
(LOCO). This research will employ
the MBARI AUV to study the processes of thin plankton layers.
The time series below shows the development of a thin phytoplankton
layer during a period of wind relaxation from a moored vertical profiler.
The MBARI Dorado AUV will be used to capture synoptic views of volumes
of Monterey Bay to examine relationships between inner and outer shelf layers
and processes forcing formation and evolution of layers.
This research will involve collaborative efforts with other LOCO teams,
as well as the MBARI ESP team led by Chris Scholin.