The 2014 Technology Roadmap complements the Strategic Plan, focusing on opportunities for MBARI to contribute fundamental technological advances that will enable innovative research efforts locally and globally. The institute’s technology priorities are:
- Taking the laboratory into the ocean
- Enabling targeted sampling
- Advancing a persistent presence
MBARI’s goal of establishing an extended ocean presence dates to its founding with the investment in ships, ROVs, and the OASIS moorings. Over the years, the number and diversity of robotic systems developed at MBARI have increased, and now includes AUVs, the Benthic Rover, the mini ROV, the FOCE systems, in situ respirometers, benthic camera systems, the deep-ocean Raman in situ spectrometer, the ESP, and the Monterey Accelerated Research System cabled observatory.
MBARI has historically met the challenges associated with targeted sampling by specifically directing ROVs to collect material or make particular measurements. More recently, the tandem use of AUV mapping and directed ROV operations has significantly improved on that model for a host of seafloor studies.