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

Networked Oceanographic Sensor Array (NOSA) for sensing the chemical and biological state of the ocean

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

We propose to develop a Networked Oceanographic Sensor Array (NOSA), an instrument frame with a well-defined Ethernet interface that will operate as a network object in the marine environment. Its small size and low power consumption will make NOSA deployable on a variety of existing, and emerging platforms, including cabled seafloor and moored observatories, moorings, remotely-operated/autonomous underwater vehicles (ROVs and AUVs), floats, and gliders. The instrument functionality will be defined by a set of plug-and-play sensors carried in standardized sensor sockets. The instrument frame will be equipped with a 32-bit Linux-based processor and will operate as a field-reconfigurable remote sensor server. The object-based communication software will allow access to the instrument using a standardized set of object methods and properties, common for all the NOSA-compliant sensors. The instrument data will be distributed in XML (eXtended Markup Language) or netcdf format.

This effort will complement the BiOSA project, with the emphasis on software development, to allow the instrument to operate as a network object in the variety of the anticipated ocean observing programs.

Last updated: Feb. 05, 2009