Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

2011 projects

Current projects

MBARI projects can be categorized into the following research themes:

  • Benthic processes, midwater research, and upper ocean biogeochemistry are science-based projects.
  • Ocean observatories, new in situ instruments, and enhancements to the remotely operated and autonomous underwater vehicles are technology-based projects.
  • Data management and information outreach ensure widespread access to MBARI research.
  • Infrastructure support provides physical maintenance for MBARI assets.
  • Potential institutional initiatives identify world-class oceanographic problems to be addressed with interdisciplinary teams and significant technological components.

Below is a list of all the 2011 projects. To find out more about a project, click on the section header above it, which will take you to brief summaries of the projects within that research theme.  For summaries of research projects from  previous years, see past projects. For details about accomplishments in past years, see the online versions of the MBARI Annual Report.

  • Institutional initiatives
    • The Ocean in a High CO2 World
    • Free Ocean Carbon Dioxide Enrichment (FOCE)
    • Modification of In-Situ Respirometers for Ocean Acidification Studies
    • Controlled, Agile, and Novel Observing Network (CANON)
    • Using Learned Models to Improve Decision Support in CANON
    • Deep Ocean Change
  • Benthic processes
    • Ocean Chemistry of the Greenhouse Gases
    • Benthic Biology and Ecology
    • Submarine Volcanism
    • Continental Margin and Submarine Processes
    • Molecular Ecology and Evolution of Marine and Aquatic Organisms
    • Pelagic-Benthic Coupling
  • Midwater research
    • Midwater Ecology
    • Midwater Time Series
    • Zooplankton Biodiversity and Bio-Optics
  • Upper ocean biogeochemistry
    • Ecology and Dynamics of Picophytoeukaryotes
    • Natural and Human-Induced Change in Monterey Bay and the California Current System
    • Autonomous Ocean Sampling Network (AOSN)
    • Probe Chemistries for Use with the Environmental Sample Processor
  • Ocean observatories
    • Power Buoy: Prototype Test
    • Monterey Ocean Observing System (MOOS) Upper Canyon Experiment
    • Mooring Maintenance
  • New in situ instruments
    • Chemical Sensor Program
    • Application of Chemical Sensors
    • Sensors: Underwater Research of the Future (SURF) Center
    • Benthic Event Detectors
    • Sedimentation Event Sensor
    • Lagrangian Sediment Trap
    • Self-contained Plankton Imager
    • State-of-the-art Time Lapse Camera
  • Vehicle enhancements and upgrades
    • Precision Control Technologies
    • Distributed Autonomy
    • Long Range Autonomous Underwater Vehicle
    • Autonomous Underwater Vehicle for Benthic Imaging
    • Ocean Imaging
  • Data management and information outreach
    • Video Annotation Analysis and Presentation
    • Monterey Bay Aquarium and MBARI Partnership
    • Education and Research: Testing Hypotheses (EARTH)
    • M-B System Software for Processing Seafloor Mapping Sonar Data
    • Shore-Side Data System (SSDS)
    • Core Conductivity, Temperature, Depth (CTD) Data
    • Core Navigation Data
    • Core Mooring Data
    • Outline Annotation of Dive Video
  • Infrastructure support
    • Division of Marine Operations Support
    • Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Infrastructure Support
    • High-definition Camera Replacement
Last updated: Mar. 14, 2012