Second generation environmental sample processor (2G-ESP) applications: the SURF Center (Sensors: Underwater Research of the Future)
Project Manager: Douglas Pargett
Lead Scientist: Chris Scholin
Lead Engineer: Scott Jensen
MBARI (Packard) funding and five externally funded grants are brought together to create MBARI’s first “center” with the theme of continued development, extension, and applications of the Environmental Sample Processor (ESP). Funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) is helping to complete the second-generation ESP. The Keck Foundation has supported building the pressure housing and sampling module to deploy the ESP at 1-km depth. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) funding will be creating a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) module for use in the ESP. NASA is also supporting development of a sampling module and housing for demonstrating ESP technology at depths of 3 km at a Juan de Fuca vent field. The NSF-supported Center for Microbial Oceanography Research and Education (C-MORE) has adopted ESP as a cornerstone for its sensor technology and will also be connecting in other ways to MBARI’s initiatives. The Moore Foundation is also investing in new analytical capabilities for the ESP through SURF.