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To fully understand the behavior of sea birds or whales in Monterey Bay , scientists need to first understand the process of upwelling, which brings deep, nutrient-rich water toward the surface. This water nourishes tiny marine plants (phytoplankton) that support many of the bay's food webs. On June 3, 2004 , MBARI operations staff deployed a new oceanographic mooring in Monterey Bay that is designed specifically to monitor the physical, chemical, and biological effects of upwelling. The mooring effort is a collaborative effort of MBARI (mooring development, deployment and data processing), NPS (data processing of meteorological and physical measurements) and UCSC (echosounder data processing).

The CIMT mooring effort is a collaborative effort of MBARI (mooring development, deployment and data processing), NPS (data processing of meteorological and physical measurements) and UCSC (echosounder data processing).

Continuous monitoring from moorings is essential for any IOOS in order to understand regional variability and provide context for process studies that occur over more limited periods. MBARI has demonstrated the utility of such a program, with nearly continuous data over the last 13 years from a series of offshore moorings in Monterey Bay (M0, M1 and M2).

 

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