Observing Complexity in the Coastal Ocean II (OCCO)
Project Manager: Erich Reinecker
Lead Scientist: John Ryan
This project is a continuation of Observing Complexity in the Coastal Ocean (OCCO), now entering its fourth year. The project merges diverse, in situ and remote sensing methods to study complex processes in Monterey Bay. The original research topics for OCCO are phytoplankton layers and canyon-shelf exchange.
John Ryan is a principal investigator in the ONR-funded program, Layered Organization of the Coastal Ocean (LOCO). LOCO investigators will collaborate in studies of layer phenomena in Monterey Bay in 2005. MBARI's key participation is application of multidisciplinary, high-resolution mapping by the AUV Dorado. They will also be using the MBARI vertical profiler (MVP).
We have begun working toward application of AUV onboard intelligence for optimizing the mapping of amorphous, evolving coastal plumes. Shipboard observations of the Elkhorn Slough / Salinas River plume in early 2004 allowed us to describe what the AUV will see—the vertical and horizontal scales of plume, the magnitudes and gradients of plume indicator variables, and their dependence upon tidal phase. This effort has resulted in an underway mapping system (hardware and software) that is deployable from any small boat.