From geological processes to the intricate structure of animals, visualizing the ocean in a variety of ways gives researchers a more complete picture of marine ecosystems. MBARI scientists and engineers work together to develop, build, and deploy tools that are transforming the way we “see” the ocean and its inhabitants.

High-resolution cameras deployed on underwater robots allow researchers to directly observe marine life, while acoustic technologies use sound waves to map habitats and biological communities from the surface to the seafloor. Advancements in these technologies have transformed how scientists study and understand dynamic ocean environmentsfrom sediments and rocks to delicate drifters.

These teams and projects are using cutting-edge tools to image the ocean and the life it sustains.

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