The Wave Glider Tiny is an autonomous surface vehicle.
The data collected from this vehicle and from research ships and moorings near Monterey Bay are analyzed by oceanographers and marine scientists to study processes such as coastal upwelling, ocean acidification, hypoxia, and climate variability and change.
The ‘OA1’ Mooring, located just offshore of Hopkins Marine Station and the Monterey Bay Aquarium, was initially deployed in 2012. Sensors on the mooring measure ocean biogeochemical and physical properties over time, including water temperature, salinity, dissolved oxygen, chlorophyll fluorescence, pH, and pCO2 both in air and just below the surface. A meteorological sensor package provides measurements of wind speed and direction, air temperature, and air pressure. In 2014 an acoustic receiver was deployed as part of a collaborative project to monitor movements of tagged marine animals.
The Southern Ocean Carbon and Climate Observations and Modeling (SOCCOM) project is partnering with teachers and classrooms across the country to inspire and educate students about the Southern Ocean biogeochemistry and climate change through a pilot “Adopt-A-Float” initiative. This program creates a powerful opportunity for elementary- and secondary-school-aged students to engage directly with world-class scientists and learn about their research by naming and tracking SOCCOM floats.