Gulf of California 2012
February 29-April 5, 2012
In addition to the research vessel Western Flyer, MBARI’s R/V Zephyr—the primary support ship for MBARI’s autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) program—will also be making the journey down the Pacific coast. Along the way, MBARI’s AUV team will be deploying the mapping AUV, D. Allan B., in order to collect mapping data that will be used to direct the research teams’ ROV diving and sampling programs. Detailed images from MBARI’s AUV high-resolution surveys help scientists understand seafloor vents, geologic evolution, and geochemical history of the dynamic seafloor structures.