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Scientific Facilities & Services

WHOI offers a range of services and facilities that make it one of the most resource-rich oceanographic research institutes in the world and a leader in the scientific research community.

Analytical

Cafe Thorium

Café Thorium Radioanalytical Facility

Analytical support for the detection of natural and man-made radionuclides in environmental samples.

Fourier-Transform Mass Spectrometry (FT-MS) Facility

Fourier-Transform Mass Spectrometry Facility

Sample analyses requiring the ultrahigh resolution and mass accuracy.

Isotope Geochemistry Facility

Isotope Geochemistry Facility

Noble gas abundance and isotope ratio measurements for seawater and fresh waters, rocks, and other materials.

Micropaleontology Mass Spectrometry Facility

Micropaleontology Mass Spectrometry Facility

Analysis of calcium carbonate samples by Finnigan MAT253 mass spectrometer systems.

Northeast National Ion Microprobe Facility (NENIMF)

Northeast National Ion Microprobe Facility

Measuring the abundances of diverse trace elements and stable and radiogenic isotopes at micron scales.

NOSAMS

National Ocean Sciences AMS Facility

Providing analyses of 14C at natural abundance levels.

Nutrient Analytical Facility

Nutrient Analytical Facility

Quantifying bio-element concentrations in environmental samples.

Organic Mass Spectrometry Facility

Organic Mass Spectrometry Facility

Isotopic and compositional compound specific and bulk analyses of carbon and nitrogen.

Plasma Mass Spectrometry Facility

Plasma Mass Spectrometry Facility

Trace metal and isotope ratio measurements.

Imaging

Advanced Imaging and Visualization Laboratory

Advanced Imaging and Visualization Laboratory

Image system design, development, and acquisition for unique and hostile environments.

Computerized Scanning and Imaging Facility

Computerized Scanning and Imaging Facility

Two- and three-dimensional visualizations of internal structures.

Graphic Services

Graphic Services

Designers, illustrators, photographers, and technicians specializing in ocean science, engineering, and education.

Sea-going Science Support

CTD Calibration

CTD Calibration Laboratory

CTD instrument calibration and hydrographic support.

Diving Program

Diving Program

Open-circuit SCUBA, closed-circuit rebreathers, and surface-supplied diving systems.

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Instruments

Multi-faceted oceanographic instrument development and support.

Mooring Operations

Mooring Operations, Engineering, and Field Support Group

Mooring design and fabrication plus at-sea support and logistics.

MISO

MISO

Deep-sea digital imaging equipment and associated sensors and acoustic transponders.

UNOLS East Coast Winch Pool

UNOLS East Coast Winch Pool

Maintaining, preparing, and repairing portable winches used in the fleet.

Vehicles

Vehicles

Autonomous, tethered, and human-occupied vehicle expertise.

Sub-Surface Mooring Group

Sub-Surface Mooring Group

Designing, deploying, and maintaining moored instruments and data derived from them.

Upper Ocean Processes Group

Upper Ocean Processes Group

Providing technical support to upper ocean and air-sea research programs.

WHOI Long Core

WHOI Long Core

Capable of recovering undisturbed deep sea sediment cores up to 150 feet long.

Skilled Trades

Skilled Trades

Skilled Trades

Carpenters, electricians, mechanics, welders, and experimental machinists working side-by-side with researchers to find innovative ways to obtain and record information about the oceans.