Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

2013 projects

Data management and information outreach

Augmented Reality Applications

Project leads: Kevin Gomes, Thomas O'Reilly
Project manager: Doug Au

This team proposes a feasibility study to explore augmented reality, mobile, and user technologies. They plan to produce a prototype application that will graphically display MBARI marine assets and other information to improve the efficiency of our future marine operations.

Core Conductivity, Temperature, Depth (CTD) Data

Project lead: John Ryan
Project manager: Erich Rienecker

This project centralizes the maintenance and calibration of MBARI’s CTD (conductivity-temperature-depth) instrumentation and data streams. CTD sensors and support systems will be migrated to the new coastal vessel, the R/V Rachel Carson. A new O2 sensor protocol will be explored in 2013.

Core Navigation Data

Project lead: Dave Caress
Project manager: John Ryan

ROV and ship navigation are core data streams supported institutionally.

Core Mooring Data

Project leads: Francisco Chavez, Mike McCann, John Ryan
Project manager: Mike McCann

Data from MBARI’s moorings are core data that are centrally collected, processed, and archived.

Education and Research: Testing Hypotheses (EARTH)

Project leads: Kevin Gomes, George Matsumoto
Project manager: George Matsumoto
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This project supports a teacher workshop co-hosted by MBARI and the Center for Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations (C-DEBI) and the Center for Microbial Oceanography: Research and Education (C-MORE) in Hawaii in 2013. Microbial oceanography and data will likely be topics for the workshop.

Integrated Time Series

Project leads: Francisco Chavez, Kevin Gomes, Bruce Robison, Alana Sherman, Ken Smith
Project manager: Ken Smith

Francisco Chavez, Bruce Robison, and Ken Smith will work with MBARI engineers on a feasibility study of how to move the collection and analysis of MBARI time-series data toward most cost-effective, autonomous methods.

Legacy Data System

Project managers: Kevin Gomes, Todd Ruston

This project will update access to the Expedition Database and explore how to integrate data with methods and procedures already used by Information Services.

MB-System Software for Processing Seafloor Mapping Sonar Data

Project manager: Dave Caress
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This project supports a major, open-source software program that allows researchers to manipulate, renavigate, and plot multibeam bathymetric data from all systems that are or have been in use by the academic community, including MBARI's AUV D. Allan B. The software is used by individuals from more than 190 research institutions, universities, and companies worldwide. The source code is distributed by anonymous file transfer protocol (ftp).

Monterey Bay Aquarium and MBARI Partnership

Project leads: Kevin Gomes, George Matsumoto
Project manager: George Matsumoto

MBARI and Monterey Bay A quarium staff will collaborate on an array of projects that include collection and research toward a live cephalopod exhibit; support for exhibit, program, and social media videos; and education programs for teachers and students. MBARI engineers will build and test a prototype video camera to be included on tags on sharks, so aquarium researchers can learn more about white shark congregations near the North Pacific gyre.

Observatory Software Technology Transfer

Project leads: Kevin Gomes, Kent Headley, Bob Herlien, Tom O'Reilly
Project manager: Duane Edgington

Ocean observatories are being developed and deployed around the world. This project supports transfer of MBARI software infrastructure developed for ocean observatories to external observatory projects, industry groups, and standards organizations.

Outline Annotation of Dive Video

Project leads: John Ryan, Brian Schlining
Project manager: Nancy Jacobson Stout

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

Streaming Data Middleware

Project manager: Duane Edgington

A central theme of this project is software integration into complex science environments. Systems must incorporate instruments from across the spectrum of complexity and require the integration of numerous hardware components and software modules. These systems must operate under a variety of networking conditions and they have stringent requirements on data timeliness and integrity. Managing these systems and their data streams presents serious challenges. This externally funded project is to extend Open Source Data Turbine (OSDT), and to apply it to a number of production research infrastructures at several research institutions, including MBARI. The MBARI application is FOCE.

Testing Student-Developed Marine Systems

Project leads: Bill Kirkwood, Christopher Kitts
Project manager: Bill Kirkwood

Students and faculty of the Santa Clara University Robotic Systems Laboratory continue to work with Bill Kirkwood in the development and field operation of ROVs and surface vessels. Research activities focus on multi-vehicle autonomous control and algorithm development.

Last updated: Mar. 28, 2013