February 16, 2007

MBARI researchers discuss ocean-observing systems at AAAS conference

This illustration shows a surface buoy connected by power and data cables to a subsurface array of sediment traps, current meters, and other instruments. Some instruments are located in the Shepard Meander of Monterey Canyon. Other instruments are located on the sea floor to the side of the canyon axis. Resuls from the two arrays will help scientists understand how much organic material flows down Monterey Canyon into the deep sea.

The surface buoy of MBARI’s Shepard Meander ocean observatory.

This week, several MBARI researchers are speaking at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in San Francisco. On Saturday, February 17, three researchers are presenting talks as part of a symposium organized by MBARI technologist James Bellingham and entitled “Informing Management of the Earth’s Environment with New Ocean-Observing Systems.” Biological oceanographer Francisco Chavez will talk about how ocean observing systems can help scientists understand the links between climate change and fisheries. Marine chemist Peter Brewer will describe deep-sea experiments that will help researchers better understand the effects of ocean acidification. Social scientist Judith Kildow will wrap up the symposium by describing some of the ways that ocean observing systems can affect public policy and benefit society as a whole. On Sunday, February 18, MBARI president and CEO Marcia McNutt will give a topical lecture entitled “Sustainable Resources from the Oceans: Taking Some Lessons (Good and Bad) from the Shore Side.”

For additional information or images relating to this article, please contact: Kim Fulton-Bennett
831-775-1835, kfb@mbari.org