Observing Complexity in the Coastal Ocean
In the uppermost regions of the ocean, phytoplankton often form thin layers (less than 1 meter thick) which can extend several kilometers horizontally, and last for hours. John Ryan is working with Kanna Rajan to implement autonomous behaviors on the autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) to further the understanding the formation and evolution of thin layers and fronts in the coastal ocean. He will be participating in an intensive process study funded by the U.S. Navy called BIOSPACE in the summer of 2008. The Navy is primarily interested in proving optical technologies, and looks to MBARI investigators to supply appropriate research questions to address with the tools.