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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