Marine Sciences Facility
Uniquely positioned for marine research
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.
The Marine Sciences Laboratory Complex contains:
General purpose laboratory space - over 8,000 square feet.Within this laboratory space, we have specialized lab areas for:
- Arsenic speciation,
- Mercury analysis,
- Sulfide analysis,
- Radiochemistry labs, as well as a
- Chemical repository.
Research Dock & Outdoor Experimental Tanks
State-of-the-art water supply and treatment system
Coastal Security Institute: Developing methods to detect and characterize environmental phenomena.
Research Boats & Divers
- Strait Science - A 28-foot research vessel, the Strait Science, equipped with the latest electronic equipment
- Scientific Dive Boat - A specialized scientific diving boat
- Scientific Dive Team - Full scientific scuba dive capacity with six certified divers.