Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI), Monterey, California
“The mission of MBARI is to achieve and maintain a position as a world center for advanced research and education in ocean science and technology, and to do so through the development of better instruments, systems, and methods for scientific research in the deep waters of the ocean. MBARI emphasizes the peer relationship between engineers and scientists as a basic principle of its operation. All of the activities of MBARI must be characterized by excellence, innovation, and vision.” David Packard, MBARI Founder
Vertical relief has been exaggerated to better show the Monterey Canyon and mountains on either side of the bay.
Science and Technology Goals:
- Identify important areas of marine science where research progress is limited by lack of appropriate technology.
- Develop sophisticated systems for investigating aspects of the marine environment and its inhabitants where high scientific potential exists.
- Meet the highest possible performance standards for the operation of its equipment and technological systems.
- Conduct high-quality, innovative research that maximizes effective management and use of all MBARI assets.
- Develop, in collaboration with the Monterey Bay Aquarium, creative programs that maximize the educational value of MBARI’s research results.
- Transfer research results, technology, and operational techniques to the marine science community worldwide.
Location, personnel, and funding:
MBARI is located in Moss Landing, California, where its three research ships and two remotely operated vehicles are berthed, giving them immediate access to Monterey Bay. MBARI also operates several autonomous underwater vehicles and maintains moorings offshore, equipped with ocean-monitoring instruments.
As a private, non-profit research center, MBARI is funded by The David and Lucile Packard Foundation. Christopher Scholin serves as the institute’s president and chief executive officer, managing a work force of approximately 220 scientists, engineers, and operations and administrative staff. MBARI scientists propose and execute innovative studies, both experimental and theoretical, in the ocean sciences. Engineers and operations staff, in partnership with the scientists, develop or adapt supporting technology.
Monterey Bay is one of the most biologically diverse bodies of waters in the world, and the underlying submarine canyon—part of the complex geology of the continental plate margin—is one of the deepest underwater canyons along the continental United States. With a “laboratory” up to 4,000 meters deep only a few ship-hours from their base of operations, institute scientists conduct research relevant to much of Earth’s water-covered realm.
MBARI’s current efforts span eight research themes, including: benthic processes, midwater research, upper ocean biogeochemistry, ocean observatories, remotely operated vehicle enhancements and upgrades, new in situ instruments, infrastructure support, and information dissemination and outreach.
Check Out the MBARI You Tube Channel with an amazing array of interesting and informative videos.
Below are two interesting ones amongst the many online for education purposes
Trash in the deep sea: Bringing a hidden problem to lights and
Ghostly critters from the deep sea: Stygiomedusa gigantea
Links to Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institution
Projects, Past Projects, Annual Reports and Research Projects
MBARI’s Strategic Plan identifies four research theme priorities
The institute’s Technology Roadmap expands on those themes by defining a series of problem statements that are used to derive needed capabilities, and then organizes necessary technological advances under three overlapping engineering initiatives:
Below is MBARI’s 2015 project portfolio, which dovetails with those plans from both science and engineering perspectives. To find out more about a project, click on the section header above it, which will take you to brief summaries of the projects within that research theme. For summaries of research projects from previous years, see past projects. For details about accomplishments in past years, see the online versions of the MBARI Annual Report.