MBARIMonterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
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Concurrent with the development of their new state-of-the-art HAB detection device, MBARI researchers are hand-building a long-range autonomous underwater vehicle named Makai.
MBARI July 20 is the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute's annual open house--the one day you can see its impressive fleet of robotic underwater vehicles.
After spending the summer of 2009 at MBARI, where she worked on developing assays for the ESP aimed at identifying harmful bacteria, she conducted research during Summer 2010 at UH Manoa Hawai'i Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB) off the island of O'ahu.
MBARI chose aluminum for the housing because corrosion and robustness are very big issues in the harsh operating environment.
In just one year Eureka helped launch one of the most successful movies of 2009, Disney-Pixar's UP; worked with top-scientists at NASA, SETI and MBARI to explore our environment; entertained numerous radio and television crews for live broadcasts; and hosted dozens of meetings and events, all while offering passengers the most spectacular views of California and the coastline possible.
MBARI researchers used three kinds of sonar to map the seafloor around Axial, and the detailed images show lava flows as thin as eight inches, and as thick as 450 feet.
Numerous additional specimens from the type locality were collected on dives during 2004-2009 and stored at SMNH and MBARI.
This study was funded by the United States National Science Foundation (OCE-9910799 and OCE-0241613) and a grant from the David & Lucile Packard Foundation to MBARI.
Developers of the NEPTUNE network include many of the same institutions involved in previously mentioned observatory initiatives (WHOI, UW, JPL, MBARI, and UV).
As a private, non-profit research center, MBARI is funded by The David and Lucile Packard Foundation.
The MBARI AUV can measure physical characteristics of the water, such as temperature, salinity, and dissolved oxygen, detect chlorophyll from microscopic marine algae, and measure concentrations of small particles (or oil droplets) in the water.
Since 1988, MBARI has archived more than 15,000 hours of video footage from over 3200 ROV Ventana dives and over 1150 ROV Tiburon dives in the Monterey Submarine Canyon and surrounding waters.