By David Nolan, Senior Application Engineer, SyTech, Inc. and Michael Szentkiralyi, Visualization Software Product Manager, Rockwell Automation
Aquariums play a crucial role in sustaining aquatic species vulnerable to habitat changes. They’re uniquely equipped to help develop conservation strategies.
Monterey Bay Aquarium in Monterey, California is no exception. The mission of this nonprofit aquarium is to inspire conservation of the world’s ocean by showing the public the beauty and fragility of ocean life and the importance of preserving this ecosystem. One way it does this is through breathtaking exhibits showcasing thousands of ocean-dwelling animals and plants from both the Monterey Bay area and around the world.
This is accomplished in part by designing and maintaining exhibits that replicate the natural habitat of ocean life. A vital part of this task is the continuous on-site ingestion of sea water from the bay.
At an intake of more than 1,300 gallons per minute, the water is treated using life-support technology to regulate critical parameters, such as oxygen levels. Because exhibits replicate different biomes, ingested water is treated to multiple different specifications. When it needs to be disposed, it’s treated and discharged back into the ocean.