Advances in Earth Science ›› 2011, Vol. 26 ›› Issue (9): 991-996. doi: 10.11867/j.issn.1001-8166.2011.09.0991

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Test China Node on Monterey Accelerated Research System (MARS)

Peng Xiaotong 1, Zhou Huaiyang 1, Wu Bangchun 1, Lü Feng 1, Wu Zhengwei 1, Yang Canjun 2, Li Peiliang 3, Li Dejun 2, Jin Bo 2, Feng Zhengping 4, Li Deping 4   

  1. 1.State Key Laboratory of Marine Geology, Tongji University, Shanghai 200092, China;
    2.State Key Laboratory of Fluid Power Transmission and Control, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 321000, China;
    3.College of Physical and Environmental Oceanography, Ocean University of China, Qingdao 266003, China;
    4.State Laboratory of Ocean Engineering, Shanghai Jiaotong University, Shanghai 200030, China
  • Received:2011-07-21 Revised:2011-08-16 Online:2011-09-10 Published:2011-09-10

Peng Xiaotong, Zhou Huaiyang Wu Bangchun, Lü Feng, Wu Zhengwei, et al. Test China Node on Monterey Accelerated Research System (MARS)[J]. Advances in Earth Science, 2011, 26(9): 991-996.

Monterey Accelerated Research System (MARS) is a main test bed for the deep-sea observatory instruments in the world. On April 14 th, 2011, a China node, which consists of a junction box, a chemical environment system and a dynamical environment system, was  installed on MARS successfully by R/V Western Flyer, R/V Point Lobos and ROV Ventana for long-term test at the seafloor of Monterey Bay. China became the third country who tested her deep-sea observatory instruments on MARS on a large scale. Up to date, China node works well on MARS. The instruments of China node are sending data back from the seafloor of Monterey Bay. China node test on MARS shows that Chinese observatory technologies have had great progresses in the recent four years, which can be applied to the construction of the deep-sea observatory in China. Real-time data from China node will benefit marine research and show great advantages of deep-sea observatory.

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