Cape Abilities consumers work at the Oceans Observatories Initiative labeling dummy cables for use in buoys located all over the world. Workers are involved in precisely cutting and taping labels and correctly identifying each specific plug to be labeled. Multicolored dummy plugs help scientist to quickly identify each plug durying deployment and recovery so that data from the instruments can be downloaded in a timely manner.
The crew comes weekly to sort through the incoming and outgoing plugs and make sure that they are all labeled for the next cruise. Workers also clean each dummy plug that comes back from long term deployments at sea.
Beginning in September 2015, WHOI and Cape Abilities partnered up with the support of the Tower Foundation to introduce high school special education students to the world of oceanography. We aim to provide an educational experience involving oceanography, science and technology while demonstrating opportunities for people with disabilities at WHOI.
Consumers are involved in crushing sediment for use in Germanium Gamma Counters in the Coastal Systems Group.