Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

2013 projects

Ocean observatories

Autonomous Ocean Sampling Network (AOSN)

Project lead/manager: Jim Bellingham
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The project team will extend previously developed methods and technology to address biological process experiments in the context of the Controlled, Agile, and Novel Observing Network (CANON) and Ecology and Oceanography of Harmful Algal Blooms (ECOHAB) field efforts. The team plans to investigate optical particle sensors for use on long-range autonomous underwater vehicles (LRAUVs) Tethys and Daphne to characterize and sample upwelling fronts and concentrations of plankton.

Central and Northern California Ocean Observing System (CeNCOOS)

Project lead/manager: Leslie Rosenfeld
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CeNCOOS, whose domain extends from Point Conception to the Oregon border, is a consortium of more than 40 research, government, for-profit and non-profit organizations that collect, provide, and use high quality ocean data and information to inform decision-making in the coastal ocean. CeNCOOS supports a network of data gathering technologies, including high frequency radar for measuring surface currents, profiling gliders to characterize the vertical and horizontal structure of the water column, and moorings and shore stations to collect meteorological, chemical, biological, and physical data. CeNCOOS and neighboring observing systems, SCCOOS in Southern California and NANOOS in the Pacific Northwest, are working with state agencies, the West Coast Governors Alliance and other organizations to provide information to address ocean acidification, harmful algal blooms, marine protected areas, and other issues. 

Ecology and Oceanography of Harmful Algal Blooms (ECOHAB)

Project manager: John Ryan

NOAA is funding a collaborative research project to develop a better understanding of the ecophysiological conditions leading to bloom and toxin initiation for Pseudo-nitzschia, by simultaneously comparing two “hot spots”, Monterey Bay and San Pedro, California. Two ECOHAB / CANON field efforts are planned for 2013: a spring study on the San Pedro shelf, and a fall study in Monterey Bay. Each will include an observational component (ESP, AUVs, gliders, boats) supported by a modeling component (ROMS, HAB prediction). Participants include MBARI, NOAA, University of California Santa Cruz and others.

Monterey Accelerated Research System (MARS) Operation and Maintenance

Project managers: Steve Etchemendy, Gene Massion
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This NSF-funded cabled observatory facility allows researchers to develop and test tools and protocols necessary to take advantage of a seafloor power supply, real-time data, and experimental control. The MARS system is designed so that tools and protocols tested at MBARI will be readily transferable to other ocean observatories. MBARI’s Marine Operations staff has implemented procedures to assist researchers deploying instruments on MARS with step-by-step instructions and information on instrument testing in the MBARI test tank, cable laying from the MARS node to science experiments, options for ROV, elevator, or ship deployment of instruments, and how to interact with the experiment once it is deployed are available online.

Mooring Collaboration

Project leads: Francisco Chavez, T. Craig Dawe, Kevin Gomes
Project manager: Mike Kelley

This project tracks resources associated with technology transfer efforts for the hybrid mooring developed in collaboration with the National Data Buoy Center.

Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) Cyberinfrastructure

Project lead/manager: Duane Edgington

MBARI is participating in the design and implementation of the cyberinfrastructure system that integrates and presents the various aspects of the Ocean Observatories Initiative, a National Science Foundation-funded effort that covers a diversity of oceanic environments, from coastal to the deep ocean. Construction of the system began in 2009 with deployment phased over five and a half years. The MBARI team is contributing to the design and construction of the sensing and acquisition, data management, and common operating infrastructure subsystems.

Last updated: Feb. 13, 2013