MOOS Upper-Canyon Experiment
The portable Monterey Ocean Observing System (MOOS) mooring was successfully deployed for a science experiment in 2006 that continued in 2007. The location in the lower canyon at Shepard Meander was chosen because of its distance from the high energy events that had destroyed equipment in the upper canyon. Unfortunately, in the two years that the MOOS experiment has been deployed, the location has been so benign that nothing has happened. Therefore, it seems wise to move the equipment a little closer to where the action is, albeit not within the active upper canyon, in order to acquire some sediment signal for testing the instruments and infrastructure. Geologic and biologic evidence strongly suggests that the new location has frequent, low-intensity sediment events.