Data repository


The collection and curation of MBARI data, and the knowledge derived from it, extends the use and value of MBARI’s research results. This data repository holds a vast collection of data collected during many years of research. MBARI provides data and software “as is”, with no warranty, express or implied, of the quality or consistency. Data and software are provided without support and without obligation on the part of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute to assist in its use, correction, modification, or enhancement. For use in publication, authors should obtain written permission from MBARI’s Director of Information and Technology Dissemination, acknowledge MBARI as the data source in those publications, and provide reprints for the MBARI library.

depth vs time nitrate (uM) contour of bottle data from the CTD from the MBTS cruises

Monterey Bay Time Series Data

Summary graphs from the Monterey Bay Time Series (MBTS) CTD cruises. Includes physical, chemical, and biological samples. Updated quarterly.

Deep-Sea Guide

The Deep-Sea Guide, created by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI), provides easy access to the institute’s database of millions of records of deep-sea animals, seafloor habitats, geological features, and research tools.

Seafloor mapping

The ocean mapping program has surveyed and analyzed seafloor data from various sites for bathymetric maps that guide benthic research projects.

Upper ocean data

MBARI’s biological oceanography group uses data from moorings, novel instruments, satellites, and cruise operations to study the variability of ocean chemistry and climate.

Chemical data

Nitrate, phosphate, silicate, and other chemicals act as "fertilizer" for phytoplankton. Research teams have developed and deployed instruments to measure concentrations of various chemicals in seawater to address scientific questions about ocean chemistry.

Mooring data

A brief survey of current data from the M1 mooring in graphical representation. Updated daily.


Data repository
Data policy
Deep-Sea Guide
What is happening in Monterey Bay today?
Central and Northern California Ocean Observing System
Chemical data
Ocean float data
Slough data
Mooring ISUS measurements
Southern Ocean Data
Mooring data
M1 Mooring Summary Data
M1 Asimet
M1 download Info
M1 EMeter
Molecular and genomics data
ESP Web Portal
Seafloor mapping
Soundscape Listening Room
Upper ocean data
Spatial Temporal Oceanographic Query System (STOQS) Data
Image gallery
Video library
Creature feature
Deep-sea wallpapers
Previous seminars
David Packard Distinguished Lecturers
Research software
Video Annotation and Reference System
System overview
Data Use Policy
Video Tape User Guide
Video File User Guide
Annotation Glossary
Query Interface
Basic User Guide
Advanced User Guide
Query Glossary
VARS publications
VARS datasets used in publications
Oceanographic Decision Support System
MB-System seafloor mapping software
How to download and install MB-System
MB-System Documentation
MB-System Announcements
MB-System Announcements (Archive)
MB-System FAQ
MB-System Discussion Lists
MB-System YouTube Tutorials
Matlab scripts: Linear regressions
Introduction to Model I and Model II linear regressions
A brief history of Model II regression analysis
Index of downloadable files
Summary of modifications
Regression rules of thumb
Results for Model I and Model II regressions
Graphs of the Model I and Model II regressions
Which regression: Model I or Model II?
Matlab scripts: Oceanographic calculations
Matlab scripts: Sound velocity
Visual Basic for Excel: Oceanographic calculations
Educational resources
Navigating STEM careers
MBARI Summer Internship Program
2017 Summer Interns Blog
Education and Research: Testing Hypotheses (EARTH)
EARTH workshops
2016—New Brunswick, NJ
2015—Newport, Oregon
2016 Satellite workshop—Pensacola, FL
2016 Satellite workshop—Beaufort, NC
EARTH resources
EARTH lesson plans
Lesson plans—published
Lesson plans—development
Lesson drafts—2015
Lesson drafts—2016 Pensacola
Adopt-A-Float Program
Center for Microbial Oceanography: Research and Education (C-MORE) Science Kits
Science at home: Curriculum and resources
Sample archive
SciComm Resources