Expedition Log

03.11.17

Ocean Imaging Expedition – Log 5

A team effort Nancy Barr The work completed this week will be very helpful for Scientist Charlie Paull as he plans his Western Flyer expedition scheduled for next month. Paull’s team will be collecting instruments placed in the canyon for the Coordinated Canyon Experiment, and will collect samples at key locations in the canyon. The …

Expedition Log

03.10.17

Ocean Imaging Expedition – Log 4

Seeing fine details in the deep sea Nancy Barr Images created from two days of surveying an extensive clam field in Monterey Canyon are impressive for their level of detail—especially when you remember that these pictures are coming from more than 2,800 meters deep (about 1.7 miles) in the ocean. The surveys answered some science …

Expedition Log

03.09.17

Ocean Imaging Expedition – Log 3

Clams as far as they can see Nancy Barr When the ROV Doc Ricketts arrived at an extensive clam bed deep in Monterey Canyon this morning, it was soon evident that things had not changed drastically since the last time the site was mapped by David Caress and his team. That answered the first question …

Expedition Log

03.08.17

Ocean Imaging Expedition – Log 2

Taking in the big picture Nancy Barr While it has long been possible to capture video and still images in the deep sea, most cameras used at depth have a very limited field of view and—unless the water is perfectly clear—must be very close to their subject matter. The stereo cameras used in this week’s …

Expedition Log

03.07.17

Ocean Imaging Expedition – Log 1

The first survey Nancy Barr The first low-altitude survey of this expedition centered on an area surrounding an instrument node located about 30 kilometers offshore at a depth of 1,850 meters in Monterey Canyon. Here’s how it works: Four systems record data as the ROV runs a preprogrammed path across a 100-meter-square section of the …

Expedition Log

03.07.17

Ocean Imaging Expedition

Chief Scientist David Caress R/V Western Flyer March 7-12, 2017 MBARI’s Ocean Imaging Group will conduct low-altitude seafloor surveys as part of the Coordinated Canyon Experiment, a two-year international effort aimed at obtaining a comprehensive view of sediment movement within Monterey Canyon. Dozens of sophisticated instruments placed in the canyon have been recording sediment-transport events for more than …