Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

2015 projects

Current projects

MBARI's Strategic Plan identifies four research theme priorities:

  • Biogeochemical cycles
  • Ecosystem processes
  • Ocean visualization
  • Exploration and discovery

The institute's Technology Roadmap expands on those themes by defining a series of problem statements that are used to derive needed capabilities, and then organizes necessary technological advances under three overlapping engineering initiatives:

  • Taking the laboratory into the ocean
  • Enabling targeted sampling
  • Advancing a persistent presence

Below is MBARI's 2015 project portfolio, which dovetails with those plans from both science and engineering perspectives. 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.

  • Biogeochemical Cycles
    • Biodiversity and Biooptics of Zooplankton
    • Chemical Sensor Program
    • Coastal Profiling Float
    • Ecology and Dynamics of Picophytoeukaryotes
    • Enhancing Detection Chemistries
    • Molecular Ecology of Marine and Aquatic Organisms
  • Ecosystem Processes
    • Change in Monterey Bay and the California Current
    • Integrated MBARI Time-Series Program
    • Midwater Ecology
    • Midwater Time Series
    • Passive Acoustic Sensing in Foraging Ecology Research
    • Pelagic-Benthic Coupling
  • Ocean Visualization
    • Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) Science Operations Using Terrain-Relative Navigation
    • Benthic Biology and Ecology
    • Central and Northern California Ocean Observing System (CeNCOOS)
    • Continental Margin Processes
    • Cytometer Technology for Autonomous Platforms
    • Investigations of Imaging for Midwater Autonomous Platforms
    • Long-Range Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (LRAUV) Verification Imager
    • MB-System Software
    • Ocean Imaging
    • Submarine Volcanism
  • Exploration and Discovery
    • Expedition to the Gulf of California
    • Applying Cloud Infrastructure to Data Analysis
    • In Situ Fluid Motions Using Particle Image Velocimetry
    • LRAUV: Coordinated Observations of Marine Organisms and Ocean Features
    • Ocean Chemistry of Greenhouse Gases
    • Photographic Benthic Observation System
    • Shallow-Water Free Ocean Carbon Dioxide Enrichment (FOCE) Science
  • Enabling Targeted Sampling
    • Sensors: Underwater Research of the Future (SURF) Center
    • Targeted Sampling by Autonomous Underwater Vehicles
  • Advancing a Persistent Presence
    • Aerostat Hotspot
    • Benthic Event Detectors
    • PowerBuoy Development
    • WaveGlider-Based Communications Hot Spot
  • Infrastructure Support
    • AUV Infrastructure Support
    • Full-Speed Dorado Simulator
    • Marine Operations Divisional Support
    • Mooring Maintenance
    • OASIS5 Controller
    • Precision Control Technologies for Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) and AUVs
    • Ventana Control System Upgrade
    • WaveGlider Feasibility and Support Engineering
  • Core Data Streams
    • Core CTD Data
    • Core Mooring Data
    • Core Navigation Data
    • ROV Video Outline Annotation
  • Outreach
    • Education and Research: Testing Hypotheses
    • MBARI External Website Upgrade
    • SeeStar Camera System
    • Monterey Bay Aquarium-MBARI Partnership
    • Technology Transfer Observatory Software
    • Testing of Student-Developed Marine Systems
Last updated: Feb. 04, 2015