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Scientific Facilities & Services

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

Sample analyses requiring the ultrahigh resolution and mass accuracy.

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

Micropaleontology Mass Spectrometry Facility

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

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

Providing analyses of聽14C at natural abundance levels.

Quantifying bio-element concentrations in environmental samples.

A GCxGC facility providing high resolution gas chromatography.

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

Trace metal and isotope ratio measurements.

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

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

Two- and three-dimensional visualizations of internal structures.

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

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.

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


Autonomous, tethered, and human-occupied vehicle expertise.

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

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

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

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.