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
The Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) is a private, non-profit oceanographic research centre that was established in 1987 by the engineer David Packard (co-founder of Hewlett-Packard Company). Situated at Moss Landing in the middle of Monterey Bay, MBARI enjoys the perfect location for an oceanographic institute.
With the Monterey Canyon on their doorstep, MBARI researchers are able to reach waters 3600 meters deep within a few hours of leaving port. As going to sea is massively expensive this cuts down on costs and allows instruments to run with a full-time power and data connection to the shore.
The deep water of the Monterey Canyon transports nutrients to surface waters making Monterey Bay one of the most biologically diverse bodies of water in the world, so the scientists are never lacking something new to look at.
If you would like to learn more about MBARI visit the website at http://www.mbari.org. Alternatively, if you live nearby, why not visit us on the open house day. This will be held on Saturday August 14th and is a great chance to meet the staff, the interns and see the Institute’s work for yourself! See http://www.mbari.org/about/openhouse.html for more details.