Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
David Caress
Software Engineer

Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
7700 Sandholdt Road
Moss Landing, CA 95039
Phone: (831) 775-1775
Fax: (831) 775-1620
email: caress

1998 - First day at MBARI 2012 - On board R/V Zephyr, Gulf of California
Technical Focus:
  • High resolution mapping of the deep ocean seafloor using the MBARI Mapping AUV, an autonomous underwater vehicle equipped with multibeam, sidescan, and subbottom profiler sonars.
  • Techniques for the processing of swath mapping sonar data.
  • Photographic imaging of the seafloor
Current Science Interests:
  • Morphology and sediment transport processes in submarine canyons
  • Morphology and tectonics of oceanic spreading centers
  • Morphology and tectonics of seamounts
  • Morphology and subsurface structure of gas hydrate deposits and outcrops
Current Development Projects:
  • MB-System - an open source software package for the processing and display of swath mapping sonar data.
  • Ocean Imaging - Development project for low altitude seafloor surveys. We are working to combine stereo still photography with high-frequency multibeam sonar on ROV and AUV platforms flying at 2-3 m altitudes. Our goal is to obtain fully three-dimensional models of the seafloor combining topography on scales of ~5 cm with color photography.This is a long term effort that will require several years.
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Last updated: Jan. 20, 2014