The Sedimentation Event Sensor (SES) was first deployed at Sta. M in 2012. The SES is a sediment trap that images the sample rather than collecting it, allowing for a temporal resolution of hours rather than days, and more detailed analysis of sediment components. In the image on the left, individual fecal pellets can be identified and counted. The SES also records fluorescence allowing for relative estimates of chlorophyll content in samples
Research programs at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) encompass the entire ocean, from the surface waters to the deep seafloor, and from the coastal zone to the open sea. The need to understand the ocean in all its complexity and variability drives MBARI's research and development efforts.