Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
2005 projects
MBARI Ocean observing system (MOOS)

SENSORS: Ocean observing system instrument network infrastructure

Project Managers: Dan Davis & Duane Edgington
Lead Engineer: Tom O'Reilly 

This externally-funded NSF project addresses the key technology issues of interfacing sensors with ocean observatories to a) decrease labor required for preparing, deploying and supporting instruments, b) ensure real-time and archived data is usable, c) make developing instruments for observatories easier, and d) provide pathways for the support of instruments not purpose-developed for observatories. 

A goal of the SENSORS project is to adapt and prototype test the use of the MOOS infrastructure for MARS (Monterey Accelerated Research System), the cable-based system being used to prototype the regional scale cable observing (RSCO) system planned by NSF. The proposed work would solve key interfacing and data management problems by making the interface problem part of instrument development rather than an installation problem and by handling commercial off-the-shelf instruments in a straight-forward manner. 

The development work in this proposal is mostly being done as a continuation of the SIAM/ISI effort in the MOOS project but will involve additional coordination with, as well as modest development for, the MARS project.

We expect that most of the development work will take place early in 2005, in time for the deployment of the MARS cable-based network. Testing will then take place later in 2005 and into 2006.

Last updated: Feb. 05, 2009