Bottom transecting instrument platform: Benthic Rover
Lead Scientist: Ken Smith
Lead Engineer: Paul McGill
Project Manager: Alana Sherman
Smith and MBARI engineers continue to build and test the Benthic Rover, a device that efficiently makes scientific measurements on the sea floor. As compared with a remotely operated vehicle, the Rover can remain unattended on the seafloor for long periods of time, while still being able to move from place to place. Examples of measurements include community oxygen consumption, sediment surface fluorescence, megafaunal density, and current flow. In 2007, work will continue on integrating additional instruments to the Benthic Rover.