The Laboratory consists of individual research groups headed by Principal Investigators with a common interest in Observational Ocean Science with emphasis on developing state of the art instrumentation for studying ocean acoustic and seismic propagation, air-sea interaction, ocean volume dynamics and ocean bottom geophysics. A common business office and industrial research and development machine shop support the MPL research groups.
MPL’s Principal Investigators are UC San Diego research and faculty members, some holding joint appointments outside Scripps Institution of Oceanography. This results in a strong academic link enabling graduate students to benefit from the multi-disciplinary resources of the university and provides an environment to address real-world research issues. In addition to research and teaching activities, MPL academics participate in the long-range planning of special interest to the Navy and other government agency research programs, the research community of UC San Diego and other public service activities.
MPL manages the Southern California Coastal Ocean Observing System (SCCOOS) grant funding for Scripps Institution of Oceanography. SCCOOS, a multi institutional consortium of 11 institutions, is a science-based decision support system that works interactively with local, state and federal agencies, resource managers, industry, policy makers, educators, scientists, and the general public to provide data, models, and products that advance our understanding of the current and future state of our coastal and global environment.