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Scientific Facilities & Services

Café Thorium Radioanalytical Facility

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

Fourier-Transform Mass Spectrometry Facility

Sample analyses requiring the ultrahigh resolution and mass accuracy.

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

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

National Ocean Sciences AMS Facility

Providing analyses of 14C at natural abundance levels.

Nutrient Analytical Facility

Quantifying bio-element concentrations in environmental samples.

Organic Geochemistry Analysis Laboratory

A GCxGC facility providing high resolution gas chromatography.

Organic Mass Spectrometry Facility

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

WHOI Plasma Facility

Measuring a variety of isotope ratios and major, trace, rare earth element concentrations.

Seawater Facilities

Experimental seawater facilities are available in Redfield, Shore Laboratory and the Environmental Systems Laboratory.

Advanced Imaging and Visualization Laboratory

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

Computerized Scanning and Imaging Facility

Two- and three-dimensional visualizations of internal structures.

Creative Services

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

CTD Calibration Laboratory

CTD instrument calibration and hydrographic support.

Diving Program

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


Multi-faceted oceanographic instrument development and support.

WHOI Buoy Operations

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


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

UNOLS East Coast Winch Pool

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


Autonomous, tethered, and human-occupied vehicle expertise.

Field Instrumentation and eXperiment Implementation Team

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

Upper Ocean Processes Group

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

WHOI Long Core

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

Information Services

Providing Networking, Systems, HPC, Programming, Business Systems, and Technical support, specializing in ocean science, engineering and administrative support.

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.