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Monterey Bay and the World

John Ryan, Ph.D.
Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

Tuesday, April 17, 2001
12:00 Noon–Pacific Forum

 

Understanding the coastal ocean is very important because we are closely tied to it. We impact the ocean by our diverse activities within it, and the ocean impacts us with diverse processes. The complex processes taking place in the Monterey Bay region demand advanced methods of study. MBARI’s unique strength grows from its guiding vision set forth by David Packard, and from the scientists and engineers who take on the challenges of advanced ocean research. The unique resources of MBARI, combined with the unique resources of our regional research partners and federal research agencies, construct a powerful system for understanding complex coastal ocean processes.

In my seminar, I will illustrate some of the ways that MBARI’s unique and rapidly evolving ocean observing system, woven together with unique resources of our regional research partners and federal research agencies, is advancing our understanding of processes in Monterey Bay, Monterey Canyon, and the California Current system. I will give examples in the areas of circulation, physical-biological coupling, ocean-atmosphere coupling, and ground truth for remote sensing and modeling. There are upwelling systems around the globe, and there are many submarine canyons. There is only one MBARI, and the unique mission, talents and efforts of this institute propagate worldwide.

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