Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

2014 projects

Data management and information outreach

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.

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 2014 teacher workshop in Moss Landing hosted by MBARI with support from Monterey Bay Aquarium staff. Data from MBARI projects 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 lead: Mike McCann
Project managers: Kevin Gomes, Todd Ruston

This project will keep some of MBARI's core data stream operational—a vital aspect of the collection and processing of research data. MBARI web servers have been upgraded to take advantage of security-related improvements to operating systems.

MBARI External Website Upgrade

Project lead: Nancy Barr, Kevin Gomes
Project manager: Nancy Barr

This project will involve an overhaul of the content, functionality, and design of the external MBARI website. The aim is to identify a content mangement system for a more strategic management of accurate, up-to-date content in a design that is adaptable to use on various devices.

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. A developers' workshop will be held at MBARI in 2014 and a mid-year release of an MB-System update is planned.

Monterey Bay Aquarium and MBARI Partnership

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

MBARI and Monterey Bay Aquarium 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 make improvements to the 2013 prototype video camera to be included in tags on sharks, so aquarium researchers can learn more about white shark congregations near the North Pacific gyre.

Observatory Software Technology Transfer

Project leads: 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.

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: Jan. 23, 2014