Center for Coastal Marine Sciences
California Polytechnic State University
San Luis Obispo, Ca 93407
The Center for Coastal Marine Sciences (CCMS) facilities on the campus in San Luis Obispo consist of research labs, faculty and student offices and a large warehouse for storing and testing oceanographic instrumentation. CCMS also has lab and classroom space at the end of its 1km long pier in Avila Beach, providing ample opportunity for students to be involved in research activities.
The Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) program at Cal Poly uses the Remote Environmental Measuring UnitS (REMUS) AUV, developed by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. We focus on involving undergraduates and expanding the application of AUV technology by integrating state of the art oceanographic sensors with the vehicle. This combination allows us to further our understanding of the dynamic nature of the coastal ocean, specifically with respect to the dynamics of the phytoplankton community and the distribution of bioluminescent phytoplankton and zooplankton.
Future plans for the AUV program at Cal Poly include the addition of a second REMUS vehicle, which will be outfitted with upward and downward looking Satlantic radiometers for use in ground validation of Remote sensing efforts, a WETlabs flourometer and backscatter sensor, and a capillary wave guide spectrometer currently being developed at Mote Marine Labs in Florida, for use in identifying and tracking harmful algal blooms.