AOML has worked under the auspices of the NOAA Diving Program and numerous academic, government and other institutional organizations to develop an innovative approach to the installation of temporary, yet extremely robust, dynamic pylons for purposes of in situ monitoring of environmental conditions that influence coral reef ecoystems. These instrumented arrays, called Coral Reef Early Warning System (CREWS) stations, have been deployed in the Caribbean and, between August 2011 and October 2014, in Saipan.
The program began with a buoy in the Bahamas in 2001, continued 2002 through 2014 with tall fiberglass towers installed right on the ocean floor, and beginning in 2013 returned full-circle to a design involving moored buoys. Please see the CREWS/ICON project page for a more detailed history of the program.
Field Operations are also supported for the Coastal Oceanography program and other AOML field operations.
Key field support personnel include Mike Jankulak (data logger programming, instrument installation, systems administrator), Mike Shoemaker (Electronics Technician), Mike Doig (NOAA Corps), Joe Bishop (Captain), and Jack Stamates.