Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

2012 projects

Current projects

MBARI projects can be categorized into the following research and development themes:

  • Benthic processes, midwater research, and biogeochemistry are science-based projects.
  • Ocean observatories, 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 MBARI's projects for 2012. 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
    • Compact Ocean Models
    • Controlled, Agile, and Novel Observing Network (CANON)
    • The Ocean in a High CO2 World
    • Shallow-Water Free Ocean Carbon Dioxide Enrichment (FOCE)
  • Expedition to the Gulf of California
  • Benthic processes
    • Benthic Biology and Ecology
    • Benthic Exchange Events
    • Continental Margin Processes
    • Endeavour Segment Integrated Study Site
    • Fine-scale Crustal Accretion Processes
    • Ocean Chemistry of Greenhouse Gases
    • Pelagic-Benthic Coupling
    • Submarine Volcanism
  • Midwater research
    • Biodiversity and Biooptics of Zooplankton
    • Midwater Ecology
    • Midwater Time Series
    • Moored Midwater Camera System
  • Upper-ocean biogeochemistry
    • Ecology and Dynamics of Picophytoeukaryotes
    • Molecular Ecology of Marine and Aquatic Organisms
    • Monterey Bay Time Series
  • Ocean observatories
    • Autonomous Ocean Sampling Network (AOSN)
    • Central and Northern California Ocean Observing System
    • Monterey Accelerated Research System (MARS) Operation and Maintenance
    • O'Buoy Network of Chemical Sensors in the Arctic
    • Ocean Observatories Initiative Cyberinfrastructure
    • Sargasso Deep-Sea Observatory
  • In situ instruments
    • Application of Chemical Sensors
    • Benthic Event Detectors
    • Chemical Sensor Program
    • Coastal Profiling Float
    • Enhancing Detection Chemistries
    • Lagrangian Sediment Trap/Vertical Profiler
    • Modification of In Situ Respirometers
    • Power Buoy/Renewable at-sea Power
    • Self-Contained Plankton Imager
    • Sensors: Underwater Research of the Future (SURF) Center
  • Vehicle enhancements and upgrades
    • Collaborative Multi-Robot Exploration of the Coastal Ocean
    • Deepwater Mapping Autonomous Underwater Vehicle
    • Delay-Tolerant Network
    • Distributed Autonomy
    • Long-Range Autonomous Underwater Vehicle
    • Miniature Remotely Operated Vehicle
    • Ocean Imaging
    • Precision Control Technologies
  • Data management and information outreach
    • Core Conductivity, Temperature, Depth (CTD) Data
    • Core Navigation Data
    • Core Mooring Data
    • Education and Research: Testing Hypotheses (EARTH)
    • Guidelines for Safe Handling of Lithium Batteries
    • Legacy Data System
    • MB-System Software for Processing Seafloor Mapping Sonar Data
    • Monterey Bay Aquarium and MBARI Partnership
    • Observatory Software Technology Transfer
    • Outline Annotation of Dive Video
    • Testing Student-Developed Marine Systems
    • Video Annotation Analysis and Presentation
  • Infrastructure support
    • Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Infrastructure Support
    • Coastal Vessel Conversion
    • Division of Marine Operations Support
    • Support Engineering Upgrades
    • Mooring Maintenance
Last updated: Feb. 12, 2013