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|VC Area / SIO Section||Department||Facility||Description||Instruments|
|SIO||MSDS||Marine Sciences Development Center||
The Marine Science Development Center (MSDC) specializes in the design, development, fabrication, and assembly of oceanographic, space, and general scientific hardware from minute laser components to large-scale integrated systems. MSDC serves SIO, UCSD, various other institutions, and the private sector. Truly a one stop shop, we offer our clients a wide range of services that include, but are not limited to, the following: Additive Manufacturing, Engineering, Machining, Fabrication in house and in the field, X-ray certified welding, Inspection, Assembly, Surface coating, High vacuum expertise and Field support, deep tank, wind wave channel, glass channel, 3 pressure testing chambers, temperature/pressure testing facility, 3D printer, high precision measuring instruments plus an array of welding, CNC, lathe and other machining equipment of various sizes. Call (858) 534-2940 with any inquiries.
|Welder, Wind-wave channel, Temperature/pressure chamber, 3D Printer, Glass channel|
|SIO||MSDS||Marine Biology Boating Operations||
Scripps Oceanography maintains a fleet of small boats that are deployable from Scripps Pier and other local areas. The small boating program provides instruction, equipment, and operational support to faculty and students for research and instruction around our La Jolla location as well as at research sites worldwide.
The SIO MakerSpace (coming soon) located in the Hydraulics Laboratory will provide the SIO community with a shared space with traditional tooling, digital design software, rapid prototyping tools, and test facilities with an emphasis on the marine and earth sciences. It will serve as an educational space that promotes hands-on creativity and innovation, a collaborative space that fosters communication between diverse groups of people and research disciplines, and a design space for developing the next generation of scientists and engineers.
|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:
|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 65,000 gallons, 30' deep, below ground test tank. Salt or fresh water. Heavy duty overhead bridge crane.
|Overhead bridge crane, Test tank (deep)|
|SIO||SIO||Marine Vertebrate Collection||
The Marine Vertebrate Collection of Scripps Institution of Oceanography maintains approximately 2 million alcohol-preserved specimens in over 120,000 lots, representing more than 5,600 species of fishes.
The Collection maintains worldwide holdings of deep-sea and pelagic fishes as well as extensive holdings of shore fishes from the entire eastern Pacific. The Collection includes primary types of over 200 species (type catalog), skeletal preparations (both dried and cleared-and-stained) for over 1,000 species (osteology catalog), otoliths from approximately 1,100 species (otolith collection), and tissues for DNA from over 1,200 species.
Collection data for approximately 116,000 lots are available on a searchable database.
The Marine Vertebrate Collection supports scientific research by providing specimens for studies on the taxonomy, evolution, and ecology of fishes. Specimens are available for examination at Scripps and for loan to researchers at recognized institutions (loan policy).
|SIO||SIO||Pelagic Invertebrate Collection||
The Scripps Pelagic Invertebrate Collection (PIC) is among the world's preeminent collections of marine zooplankton, including more than 140,000 whole zooplankton samples containing some 108 specimens.
Zooplankton have been collected with nets, pumps, and specialized collecting devices, over depths ranging from the neustonic layer to the bathypelagic. While most samples are stored in formaldehyde, a growing number are available in ethanol, hence suitable for DNA sequencing. Most samples are supplemented with physical and chemical data.
The collection includes worldwide holdings with particular strengths in the Pacific, Indo-West Pacific, and Antarctic regions. The collection includes the remarkable California Cooperative Oceanic Fisheries Investigations (CalCOFI) zooplankton time series, which has surveyed the California Current since 1949.
The collection houses the Fleminger Copepod and Brinton Euphausiid Libraries, which are comprised of ca. 21,500 sorted copepod specimens and the Euphausiids of the World Ocean voucher specimens for all 86 known euphausiid species. These libraries also house reprints and monographs concerning the Copepoda and Euphausiacea.
The PIC also houses several other sets of important reference specimens, including TaiSoo Park’s and C.O. Esterly’s Copepod reference collections. An additional 8,500 sorted, identified reference specimens are available for other zooplankton; micronekton taxa (e.g. Cephalopoda, Sergestidae, Pteropoda, Scyphozoa, etc.).
Collection data for all holdings are accessible on a searchable database. The PIC supports scientific research by providing specimens for studies on systematics, evolution, molecular genetics, ecology, population dynamics, climate change and other topics. Specimens are available for examination at Scripps and for loan to researchers at recognized institutions (loan policy). The Oceanographic Collections, including the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection, also support research at Scripps in addition to undergraduate and graduate courses through the University of California San Diego (UCSD)/SIO.
|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, 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.
Type: Ship Operations
|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.