The Marine and Coastal Research Laboratory at PNNL-Sequim has multiple venues within Sequim Bay for in-water research where instruments, systems, and operations are designed and tested. These studies include passive acoustic monitoring for devices and animals, active sonar for detecting fish and marine mammals, active LiDAR, electromagnetic effects, and developing surface and subsurface detection systems. In addition, researchers deploy small, early-stage energy generation devices.
For this project, MCRL staff had to find a location to monitor the power and conduct a range of studies around each device. MCRL can provide the following capabilities to assist with installing equipment throughout the Puget Sound and the Strait of Juan de Fuca:
- up-to-date bathymetric survey and current data
- data and communications systems (including secure over-water wireless systems)
- hydrodynamic modelling
- algorithm development
- environmental monitoring