Together with the Center for Ocean Solutions, the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI), and the Marine Life Observatory, we have designed and built an undersea research facility aimed at understanding climate change and human impacts on nearshore kelp forests within the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Located within the Lovers Point Marine Reserve just off of Hopkins Marine Station, this facility provides unprecedented capabilities to perform field experiments with real-time data access. The Kelp Forest Array is also one location for the xFOCE system, swFOCE (shallow water), being developed at MBARI.Photo Credit: C. Boch.
Check out the video below explaining the goals and capabilities of the Kelp Forest Array, an undersea laboratory for marine research.
Temperature, Salinity, Chlorophyll, Visibility, and Dissolved Oxygen on Ocean Floor at 15 m depth
Currents at the KFA (all color units in m s-1. Blue line is sea surface. All times Pacific Standard)
Look for more real-time data and video soon!