MSI: Mooring Systems was founded in the 1980's to commercially provide oceanographers, marine scientists and engineers with buoy and mooring design services. Mooring Systems employs staff with a strong academic background in ocean engineering from years of employment at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute's (WHOI) mooring design group. RDSEA is called upon at times to handle at-sea projects and logistics for MSI, two examples are listed below.
- MOBY: A 14-meter long buoy system developed and instrumented to measure upwelling radiance. Standard meteorological observations are collected concurrent with the submarine light measurements, and supplemental oceanographic measurements, such as natural phytoplankton fluorescence, are also collected. MOBY transmits the collected data to the Marine Optical Characterization Experiment (MOCE) Team members on a daily basis. These data are then processed and made available to SeaWiFS and MODIS Ocean Science Team members.
Please see:Click here to be taken to a gallery of images that illustrates the MOBY project..
- Stanford University’s VLF Group: Investigates the Earth's electrical environment, its upper atmosphere, lightning discharges, radiation belts, and the ionized regions of upper atmosphere known as the ionosphere and magnetosphere. Much of their work involves the use of very low frequency (VLF) electromagnetic waves which are generated by lightning discharges, man-made transmitters and energetic radiation belt electrons. The VLF Group deployed and operated two buoys containing ELF/VLF receivers that could detect these guided waves (referred to as one-hops) in the Southern Ocean in 2004 and 2008. These signals are reflected back to HAARP in Alaska where they are received as an echo allowing the understanding of conditions under which these one-hops and two-hops occur. This gives us a better understanding of how low-frequency waves interact with particles trapped in the ionosphere and magnetosphere.
Please see:Click here to be taken to a gallery of images that illustrates the VLF buoy.project.