With Packard Foundation support, the 3-year-old MBARI is establishing its credibility in oceanographic research.
MONTEREY, CALIF. -- A unique marine science institute is growing on the shore of Monterey Bay in central California, one that bonds scientists and engineers in a single unit through the use of the latest computer technology and unmanned submersible equipment.

The three-year-old Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) is well-positioned to make a splash within the national oceanography community. It has the assurance of long-term funding, thanks to a major endowment from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. It has modern laboratory facilities and state-of-the-art computer hardware and software. And it has a well-equipped research vessel.

But most of all, it's leading the world in the development of remotely operated vehicles (ROV). These lightweight rovers can go where no humans have been and transmit unprecedented images of life under the waves to scientists viewing the...

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