CRRF’s new 4,000 square foot research laboratory was completed in December, 2016 on Malakal Island in Koror, adjacent to the water with its own sea wall and floating dock. It is the base for research projects of both resident staff and visiting scientists. The laboratory includes two “visitor labs” for visiting researchers, additional work space with scientific instrumentation, library and conference room, office space with essential telecommunications and a workshop. Adjacent to the lab is a dive locker. In its entirety, the laboratory is designed to meet the needs of field researchers, to allow maximal exploitation of precious research time in the field.
Laboratory equipment includes items commonly found at marine field laboratories, such as microscopes, balances, glassware, computers, office equipment, scanners, and printers. We also have a broad suite of field and oceanographic instruments, such as Acoustic Doppler Current Profilers (ADCPs), Conductivity Temperature probes (CTs), hundreds of water temperature loggers, multi-probe sondes and weather stations. At any given moment, much of this equipment is in the field, gathering data rather than sitting of a shelf. CRRF also assists a number of our collaborators in maintaining networks of field sampling with their instrumentation, such as wave gauges, XMet weather stations, coastal surveillance radar systems and HF Radar current measuring systems.
We maintain a dive locker with compressor, scuba equipment and gases for advanced (technical) diving.
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