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Marine Sciences Division

Marine Sciences Facility

Uniquely positioned for marine research

MSL is located on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State

We are located on Sequim Bay in Puget Sound, making an excellent location for marine based research.

Sequim Bay links a small but relatively undisturbed watershed to the Strait of Juan de Fuca in Puget Sound about 2 hours from Seattle. Our laboratory is located along the shoreline at the mouth of Sequim Bay.

Located in Washington State, we are the U.S. Department of Energy's only marine research laboratory.

Our location permits direct studies of environmental impacts on marine species, a potential study area for energy deployment, use of seawater in our adjacent lab facilities, and testing of innovative marine sensors, not to mention the rapid access from our boats to diverse marine environments.

Class-100 clean laboratoriesClass-100 Clean Laboratories

Our three state-of-the-art class-100 clean-air laboratory facilities are used to prepare, handle, and analyze environmental samples for ultra-trace level determinations of metals and metalloids.

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Trace Elemental and Chemical Speciation Analytical CapabilityTrace Elemental and Chemical Speciation Analytical Capability

We have analytical instrumentation for the ultra-trace level determination of elements and chemical speciation in environmental samples.

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Mercury Analytical LaboratoryMercury Analytical Laboratory

Our Mercury Analytical Laboratory is internationally recognized for its unique ability to conduct ultra-trace level measurements of both mercury (Hg) and monomethyl mercury (MMHg) in sediments, water, biological tissue, and other matrices.

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Organic ChemistryOrganic Chemistry

The organic chemistry laboratory is set up for multidisciplinary studies such as tracking the environmental fate of persistent organic pollutants (POPs), understanding how environmental perturbations affect biogeochemical cycling at ecosystem interfaces, studying marine and costal resources, and more.

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Biotechnology LaboratoriesBiotechnology Laboratories

The biotechnology laboratories are designed to facilitate research across in silico, bench, mesocosm, and ecosystem scales.

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Microalgal ResearchMicroalgal Research

The microalgal research capability focuses on research that improves the economics of microalgal biofuels.

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Aquatics Research LaboratoriesAquatics Research Laboratories

This facility has a 5,300 ft2 open plan, which enables research on chemical, biological, or physical components and processes under controlled conditions.

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Hyperbaric LabHyperbaric Lab

In the hyperbaric laboratory, we research physical, chemical, and biological processes occurring in ocean waters as deep as 2 km below the surface.

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Ice LabIce Lab

This 320 ft2 freezer laboratory maintains air temperatures of 0°C to -15°C. It is equipped with a supplemental 3.95-ton recirculating elthylene glycol chilling system (-35°C) to supercool seawater tanks in the lab.

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Oil LabOil Lab

The Oil laboratory is equipped to measure physical and bulk-chemical properties of oil in water or ice.

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Littoral Wave TankLittoral Wave Tank

This mesoscale (5,678 L) circular wave tank (548 cm length x 200 cm width x 152 cm height) is constructed out of 0.25-inch highly corrosion-resistant stainless 316L steel.

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Biofouling/Biocorrosion MesocosmsBiofouling/Biocorrosion Mesocosms

With these open water and controlled low-flow and high-flow exposure systems, researchers can perform fundamental and applied research on how biofouling and biocorrosion processes initiate and evolve over time. In addition, researchers can independently test and evaluate materials and coatings.

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Climate-Simulated Aquaculture Raceway PondsClimate-Simulated Aquaculture Raceway Ponds

We have indoor climate-simulation raceway ponds for microalgae culture under carefully controlled conditions.

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Mineral Extraction from SeawaterMineral Extraction from Seawater

MSL maintains temperature-controlled natural seawater exposure systems for evaluating how well advanced technologies can extract critical minerals (e.g. lithium, uranium, and rare earth or transition elements) directly from seawater.

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Chem/Bio Isolation LaboratoriesChem/Bio Isolation Laboratories

These laboratories are physically-isolated and individually-accessed spaces that are connected to the aquatics laboratory water supplies but they have separate airspace containment and aquatic discharge.

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Electromagnetic Field GeneratorsElectromagnetic Field Generators

These generators are Helmholtz coil systems that consist of two square frames measuring 1.5 m on each side with an external 750-W power supply capable of operating in both AC and DC mode.

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Electronics/Optics LaboratoriesElectronics/Optics Laboratories

These are laboratories for sensor system development, platform development, and field operations command and control.

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Outdoor Research Platforms

Flow TankFlow Tank

This is a 42 ft long x 10.5 ft wide x 4 ft deep (12.8 m x 3.2 m x 1.2 m) oval fiberglass tank with a center divider and end-mounted electric motors that provide a controlled flow system for a variety of studies.

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GreenhouseGreenhouse

This is a 720 ft2 greenhouse with an automated roof and side venting so that researchers can work under natural lighting with controlled thermal conditions.

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Experimental Littoral MesocosmsExperimental Littoral Mesocosms

The coastal research mesocosm environments at MSL enable controlled and parallelizable mid-scale research on shoreline, intertidal, and near-shore ecosystems.

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Wetland Research SitesWetland Research Sites

The MSL owns or has access to pristine coastal wetlands for long-term research.

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Research VesselsResearch Vessels

Because MSL has multiple vessels, researchers can access to freshwater and marine environments where they study everything from shallow wetland sloughs to the waters of the Salish Sea.

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Lidar BuoysLidar Buoys

The MSL has 2 Lidar buoys for characterizing the wind on the open ocean.

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Scientific Dive TeamScientific Dive Team

MSL has an experienced dive team that supports scientific and engineering research projects in waters ranging from the coastal ocean to large and small rivers in Alaska, Washington, California, Hawaii, Florida, and Massachusetts.

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Littoral RDT&E CenterLittoral RDT&E Center

MSL has multiple venues within Sequim Bay for in-water research where we design and test instruments, systems, and operations.

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Marine Sciences Laboratory
1529 W. Sequim Bay Road
Sequim, WA 98382
Phone: (360) 683-4151
Fax: (360) 681-3699