The CANON project employs traditional water-sampling methods, left, as well as autonomous collection methods, right. The MBARI long-range autonomous underwater vehicle (pictured at right), equipped with an Environmental Sample Processor, is an important tool in the CANON project because it allows the collection of more water samples at less expense, and over greater distances, than is feasible with traditional ship-based operations.
MBARI Expedition #465
Expedition goal: By pairing video, acoustic, eDNA, and traditional trawl measurements of biological communities around the Monterey Accelerated Research System (MARS) site, our expedition seeks to 1) compare the strengths and weaknesses of these different technologies in order to improve our ability to measure life in the sea and 2) integrate these results to gain a greater understanding of the spatial and temporal variability of vertically migrating populations around MARS.
Expedition dates: May 30 – June 4, 2019
Ship: R/V Western Flyer, R/V Rachel Carson, NOAA R/V Reuben Lasker
Research technology: 3G Environmental Sample Processor long-range autonomous underwater vehicle (LRAUV), acoustic and tracking Wave Glider, bioluminescence LRAUV, Echosounder, i2MAP AUV, ROV Ventana, Saildrone, spray glider
Expedition chief scientist: Francisco Chavez