Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

2011 projects

Data management and information outreach

Video Annotation Analysis and Presentation

Project Manager: Nancy Jacobsen Stout
Lead Scientist: Steve Haddock, Charlie Paull
Lead Engineer: Brian Schlining

Experts from MBARI’s Video Lab will continue to populate the beta version of the Deep Sea Guide knowledge base and test the application that generates depth histograms for all organisms and features annotated on remotely operated vehicle (ROV) video. The team will also refine the web design.

Monterey Bay Aquarium and MBARI Partnership (AMP)

Project Manager: George Matsumoto

MBARI and Monterey Bay Aquarium staff will continue to collaborate on an array of joint projects, including education programs for teachers and students, new exhibit development, and the renovation of the Outer Bay Wing. The aquarium also provides invertebrate eggs and larvae to MBARI researchers for studies on the effects of high CO2 on marine life. The two institutions, along with other oceanographic institutions in the region are planning the Third International High CO2 Ocean Conference to be held in Monterey in 2012.

Education and Research: Testing Hypotheses (EARTH)

Project Manager and Lead Scientist: George Matsumoto
Project website

The EARTH website will be maintained and upgraded, and a teacher workshop will be held in Alaska in conjunction with the National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded Centers for Ocean Science Education Excellence (COSEE-Alaska). Teachers at the workshop will learn how to integrate authentic data sets into their curricula from ocean observatories like the Alaska Ocean Observing System (AOOS) and the Monterey Accelerated Research System (MARS).

M-B System Software for Processing Seafloor Mapping Sonar Data

Project Manager and Lead Engineer: Dave Caress
Project website

Development and support will continue on this major, open-source software program that allows researchers to manipulate, renavigate, and plot multibeam bathymetry data. The project is jointly supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and MBARI, and is used by individuals from more than 120 research institutions, universities, and companies worldwide. The source code is distributed by anonymous FTP (file-transfer protocol).

Shore-Side Data System (SSDS)

Project Manager and Lead Engineer: Kevin Gomes

To promote wider adoption and use of the SSDS, mechanisms must be developed to capture and enforce data restrictions and citation policies. This effort will be undertaken in phases, starting with establishing requirements, implementation and testing, then a managed deployment.

Core Conductivity, Temperature, Depth (CTD) Data

Project Manager: Mike Burczynski
Lead Engineer: David Caress

This project centralizes the maintenance and calibration of MBARI’s CTD (conductivity-temperature-depth) instrumentation and data streams.

Core Navigation Data

Project Manager and Lead Engineer: David Caress

ROV and ship navigation are core data streams supported institutionally.

Core Mooring Data

Project Manager: Mike McCann

Surface conductivity-temperature-depth (CTD), thermister-string (T-string), meteorological, global positioning system (GPS), acoustic doppler current profiler (ADCP), and partial pressure of carbon dioxide (pCO2) data from MBARI’s moorings are centrally collected, processed, and archived as core institutional data streams.

Outline Annotation of Dive Video

Project Manager: Lonny Lundsten 
Lead Scientist: Dave Caress
Lead Engineer: Brian Schlining
Project website

This project allocates personnel and financial resources to maintain MBARI’s outline annotation of all dive tapes. Minor upgrades to the Video Annotation and Reference System (VARS) system continue to improve the ability to create and access more meaningful and useful annotations.

Last updated: Dec. 07, 2011