Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

2013 projects

Institutional initiatives

Controlled, Agile, and Novel Observing Network (CANON)

Project leads:  Jim Bellingham, Francisco Chavez, Steve Haddock, Kanna Rajan, Chris Scholin, Ken Smith, Bob Vrijenhoek, Alexandra Worden
Project manager: Francisco Chavez
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This initiative brings together the research efforts of Jim Bellingham, Francisco Chavez, Steve Haddock, Kanna Rajan, Chris Scholin, Ken Smith, Bob Vrijenhoek, and Alexandra Worden toward improved understanding of complex physical and biological ocean processes that lead to ephemeral features in the ocean, such as harmful algal blooms and microbial activities that drive cycling of life-sustaining elements. Field experiments in 2013 will build on lessons learned in the past three years' field programs, as well as further development and applications of the Environmental Sampler Processor (ESP), autonomous vehicles, adaptive sampling and control, and modeling.

The Ocean in a High CO2 World

Project leads: Jim Barry, Peter Brewer, Bill Kirkwood
Project manager: Ed Peltzer
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This project coordinates Peter Brewer’s and Jim Barry’s research into various biological and chemical impacts of ocean acidification. The two research groups work together and with MBARI engineers to design, build, and deploy devices for controlled experiments on the effects of CO2 on deep and shallow ocean environments.

Shallow-Water Free Ocean Carbon Dioxide Enrichment (FOCE)

Project leads: Jim Barry, Peter Brewer, Bill Kirkwood, George Matsumoto
Project manager: Bill Kirkwood
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This project contributes to the Ocean in a High CO2 World initiative and to regional scientific collaborations. The primary collaboration fostered by the Center for Ocean Solutions will involve experiments on the effects of ocean acidification on coastal animals using a FOCE system adapted for the nearshore kelp forest.

Last updated: Feb. 13, 2013