Emerging and current tools
An MBARI based team led by Charlie Paull and Brian Kieft created a “smart boulder”- a motion-sensing instrument that can be placed within the sediment or on the canyon floor. This device, called a benthic event detector (BED), can record its motion as it moves down-canyon, providing detailed data on when an even occurred, how far and fast it moved, and the nature of its motion.
Feb 4, 2015 – In early January 2015, a team of MBARI engineers, led by Andy Hamilton, set out to sea to recover an experimental buoy that creates electrical energy from ocean waves. This power buoy had been deployed six miles southwest of Moss Landing Harbor for 131 days, while engineers tested the system’s ability to handle storms.