marine science safety and environmental protection student holding a fish

Oceanographic Data Portal (ODATA)

Aquaculture and Marine Sciences Laboratory

The Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA) Oceanographic Data Portal (ODATA) provides unique marine academic data to the public, with the intent to inspire and educate.   The academy has several marine research projects, hydrokinetic energy (e.g. tidal flow) systems and aquaculture programs, generating precise oceanographic data.  Additionally, a live camera broadcasts real time seabed activity from 20 feet under water in high definition video.   This visual portal is a real time view of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) at work. 

Aquaculture & Marine Sciences Laboratory

The Aquaculture & Marine Sciences Laboratory at MMA is a combination of field lab, aquaculture farm, research experiments and long-term environmental monitoring.  Dozens of federal, state, municipal and academic research projects are simultaneously proceeding out of this science center.  Faculty and students support all of these initiatives.

Navigation Computer

A SIMRAD® NSS Evo-3 navigation computer is interfaced with a hydroacoustic transducer on the camera frame (recording horizontally to identify fish).   The location in Latitude and Longitude, distance to nearest structure, time, temperature and system voltage are displayed similar to the navigation display while a vessel is underway.

Tides and Currents

current data      Tidal Height

Underwater Video Camera

A Seaviewer® High Definition SD 6000 camera is maintained at 20 feet below water in the AMS Lab seawater intake bay.  The camera is on a custom sensor rack that is moved weekly (and sometimes knocked over by storms).  The view is predominantly benthic, with fish (sea perch, stripers, Tautog and other guests) and lobsters active April through January.  At night a sea light is on to attract fish, the marine snow is reflected near field and gives the impression of static.  It is actually small particles (marine snow) in the water column being driven by the 4 to 5 knot currents.

Water Quality SONDE

A display of seawater conditions one meter off the ocean bottom (next to the camera) is currently reporting to the AMS lab.  This YSI Exo-2® water quality monitoring system is a partnership feature of the Buzzards Bay Coalition, MMA and others; funded through the Buzzards Bay National Estuary Program with an EPA Southern New England Estuary Program grant. The data updates three times a second and is logged once every 15 minutes for scientific research purposed (modeling Buzzards Bay water quality conditions).  Temperature, salinity, dissolved oxygen, pH, depth (varies with tide), chlorophyll and other parameters are displayed in real time.

Nitrate Monitoring SONDE