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VC Area / SIO Section Department Facility Description Instruments
SIO SIO Scientific Diving Program

The scientific diving program at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography is one of the oldest, largest, and most active science support programs of its kind in the United States. The program trains and supports more than 150 scientists, students, technicians, and volunteers in the use of underwater techniques and technology necessary to safely conduct their research in underwater environments. The Program maintains comprehensive research support infrastructure at the La Jolla campus. Our Diving Locker is the primary scientific diving support and equipment testing facility at Scripps/UC San Diego and includes:
* Rix 4VX 20 cfm breathing gas compressor supporting air and nitrox (EANx);
* +150 steel scuba cylinders (76 ft3, 85 ft3, 95 ft3);
* Emergency Oxygen (local and extended care options) and Diving First Aid equipment; and
* Remote air test kit, CO and EANx analyzers, full face masks and communications equipment, and a host of subtidal data collection tools and technologies.
BCDs, regulators/gauges/computers, and weights may be checked out for diver training and short term use. Locker rooms and a limited number of lockers are available to support local diving operations.


Director: Christian Mcdonald
Contact: Rich Walsh
Gas Compressor (supporting air and nitrox EANx), Scuba diving cylinders, Diving First Aid equipment, Oxygen (emergency), Air test kit (for remote use), Communications equipment, Data collection tools and technologies (subtidal), CO and EANx Analyzers, Diving full face masks
SIO SIO Keck /OAR Test Pool

Pool is 65 thousand gallon, 30' deep, below ground test tank. Salt or fresh water. Heavy duty overhead bridge crane.


Director: Gary Wellwood
Contact: Gary Wellwood
Overhead bridge crane, Test tank (deep)
SIO SOMTS Oceanographic Data Facility

The Oceanographic Data Facility conducts reference-quality hydrographic data acquisition and processing in support of scientific expeditions aboard any research vessel worldwide. ODF technicians provide expert technical support at sea for CTD, rosette, and bottle sampling (2 to 30 liter); measurements of salinity, dissolved oxygen, and nutrients; calibration; and full data processing and merging services. They also provide shore-based laboratory services including precision salinity measurements, dissolved oxygen analysis, and nutrient analyses.

Major ODF seagoing equipment includes
* Sea Bird 911+ CTDs;
* 36-place single ring rosettes with 36-position SeaBird Carrousel pylons plus 10-liter ODF/Bullister bottles;
* 24-place and 12-place SeaBird Carrousel pylons, used to outfit various rosette configurations with capacities including 12 to 24 2-liter bottles, 12 to 36 10-liter bottles, or 12 30-liter bottles;
* a large inventory of Niskin type bottles (most constructed at SIO though some are from GO or other manufacturers) with nominal 2, 2.5, 3, 5, 10, and 30-liter capacities;
* fluorometers;
* PAR Surface sensors;
* CTD altimeters of several types;
* Guildline 8400A and 8400B salinometers (modified by ODF for improved performance; some have automatic data logging);
* ODF-constructed oxygen autotitrators;
* Seal Analytical AutoAnalyzer III nutrient autoanalyzers with automated data logging (one four channel, one five channel with fluorometric ammonia methods and one five channel with indophenol blue ammonia method);
* Barnstead E-Pure water purification systems;
* cart, track, and air tuggers for large rosettes;
* plus numerous other items for expedition outfitting. ODF equipment is well maintained and kept in active service.


Director: James Swift
Contact: Susan Becker
Sea Bird 911, Rosettes, Niskin type bottles, Fluorometers, PAR Surface Sensors, CTD (conductivity, temperature, depth) with altimeter, Salinometers, Oxygen Autotitrators, Seal Analytical AutoAnalyzer, Water purification systems
SIO SOMTS Shipboard Technical Services (STS)

The Shipboard Technical Support facility provides basic and specialized oceanographic technical services for research and education aboard oceanographic research vessels. STS is composed of six functional groups (several functional groups are listed as separate facilities): the Research Marine Technicians Group (ResTechs), Computing Resources (STS-CR), the Shipboard Geophysical Group (SGG), the Oceanographic Data Facility (ODF), the Shipboard Electronics Group (SEG), and the CLIVAR & Carbon Hydrographic Data Office (CCHDO). Each group provides a distinctive set of services, and maintains and operates an inventory of oceanographic instrumentation. Hundreds of sensors, instruments, sampling systems and devices are available for worldwide use by Scripps scientists, or other scientists who sail aboard Scripps-operated research vessels.


Director: Bruce Appelgate
Contact: Lee Ellett
SIO SOMTS Oceanographic Research Vessels

Scripps Institution of Oceanography operates major seagoing oceanographic research vessels, which are managed and available as general shared-use facilities. Each vessel features state-of-the-art research instrumentation, communications equipment, and laboratory facilities equipped to study the biology, physics, chemistry and geology of the world's oceans on cruises that may be as short as one day, or as long as two months at sea. Scripps ships are home-ported at the UCSD/SIO Nimitz Marine Facility in Point Loma, and are managed by Scripps's Ship Operations & Marine Technical Support (SOMTS) in collaboration with the University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS), which provides an organizational framework through which scientists and research programs are matched and scheduled efficiently appropriate research vessels.


Director: Bruce Appelgate
Contact: Liz Brenner
SIO SOMTS National Science Foundation West Coast Winch Pool

SIO maintains the National Science Foundation (NSF) West Coast Winch Pool for the benefit of U.S. ocean scientists. The winch pool is a shared-use facility that procures, maintains, upgrades, and makes available a variety of portable oceanographic winches that are used by scientists aboard a broad range of research vessels. Winches are shared following community-based scheduling methods administered by the University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS).


Director: Bruce Appelgate
Contact: Captain Eric Buck
SIO SOMTS Marine Operations Machine Shop

The marine operations shop supports fabrication and maintenance of shipboard infrastructure and systems within an 18,500 square-foot building with separate welding, mechanical, machine, electric, and carpentry shops. Activities include pipefitting, general steel and aluminum fabrication, woodworking, hydraulic, and mechanical repair, and the operation of material handling equipment consisting of:
* Five forklifts ranging in capacity from 15,000 pounds to 500 pounds
* Two mobile land-based cranes, one 10 ton and one 12 ton, equipped with all the slings and bridles needed to lift anything in their capacity
* A portable cable spooling device
* portable marine cranes for use aboard ships with either a 1,000 or 2,000 pound capacity, either electric or hydraulic powered.


Director: Zoltan Kelety
Contact: George Sutherland
Forklift, Crane, Cable Spooler
SIO SOMTS Hydrographic Calibration Facility

The STS calibration laboratory is a state-of-the-art temperature/pressure testing facility for CTD sensors (conductivity, temperature, depth) with large and small temperature baths, 2 Ruska deadweight piston gages, 3 automatic thermometer bridges, and a wide assortment of standards and references. The laboratory also calibrates high-precision barometric pressure and humidity sensors, and provides full diagnosis and repair for CTDs, rosette controllers, salinometers, altimeters, other electronic hydrographic instruments, and Bullister-style water bottles. Support is also provided for electronic design and fabrication of oceanographic instrumentation.


Director: Bruce Appelgate
Contact: Carl Mattson
Temperature/pressure testing
CAMPUS Anthropology Levantine Archaeology Lab

The UC San Diego Levantine Archaeology provides hands-on research, learning and training to interested students and researchers from around the world. Archaeology research and service helps coordinate the Cyber-archaeology data acquisition, curation, analyses, and dissemination. The laboratory has extensive study collections from the southern Levant that include materials spanning the Neolithic to Medieval Islamic times (ca. 8,000 BCE to 1400 CE). These includes ceramics, lithics, archaeometallurgy, zooarchaeology and human osteology collections. The lab has a comprehensive collection of topographic and environmental maps, reference materials, computing facilities, laboratory spaces for artifact analyses, digital field equipment, administrative office, and seminar room. Permanent loan agreement with the Department of Antiquities of Jordan has facilitated the growth of the study collection since 1997.


Director: Thomas Levy
Contact: Thomas Levy
CAMPUS Bioengineering/Institute of Engineering in Medicine Bioengineering Confocal Microscope Facility

Core equipment includes Olympus IX81 FV1000 spectral confocal microscope, SIM scanner, and Tokai Hit environmental control stage incubator. Software options include diffusion measurement and multi-point stimulation.


Director: Shu Chien
Contact: Gerald Norwich
SIM scanner, Spectral Confocal Microscope, Incubator
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