Gulf of California Expedition
In 2009, MBARI scientists will determine whether to pursue permits for an expedition to the Gulf of California. Marine Operations would apply for the requisite permits for the expedition while the scientists mobilize for the expedition. The D. Allan B. would perform AUV mapping from the Zephyr in advance of ROV dives. The Western Flyer would support underway and station work on its transit to the Gulf, then operate additional legs using the ROV Doc Ricketts within the Gulf and at its mouth. Objectives of the various legs range from elegant hypothesis testing to pure exploration.