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"WHOI successfully competed for significant federal and state support for major programs, including the OOI, MVCO, and OBSIP programs, but that support has never included funds for buildings or other major plant facilities," said Madin.
But after our experience working at MVCO, it occurred to us that it wasn't that farfetched.
FlowCytobot and Imaging FlowCytobot at MVCO will let us look at the entire community from the smallest cells to the largest.
We've been surprised at how difficult it has been to get federal funding for instrument-development work, but support from the WHOI Coastal Ocean Institute and the WHOI Access to the Sea program is helping us install our instruments at MVCO this summer.
Built in stages since 2000 on the south shore of Martha's Vineyard, MVCO provides a natural laboratory to study key coastal processes in the North Atlantic.
Just 90 minutes from Woods Hole on WHOI's coastal research vessel Tioga, MVCO is exposed to the open ocean and a wide range of conditions, including energetic tides and surface waves, and winds ranging from dead calm in summer to intense storms in fell and winter.
Structures such as MVCO can allow scientists to chronicle the processes at work during extreme events that were previously difficult to study.
For instance, researchers working on power-hungry, advanced sensors have plugged into MVCO to test the effectiveness of their instruments without the power limits of batteries or the time limits of ship-based expeditions.
Today, WHOI scientists and engineers are working with colleagues from around the country, using MVCO for a variety of interdisciplinary and multi-institutional research projects.
Long-term deployment of such power-hungry instruments is only possible with the type of infrastructure at MVCO.
Researchers have been investigating the processes and factors-including winds, waves, currents, tides, and seafloor topography--that move sand and shape the seafloor around MVCO. In a related project, researchers have investigated the processes that bury objects such as military mines in seafloor sediments.
With initial experiments underway and some lessons already learned at MVCO, WHOI scientists and engineers are making plans to improve and expand the facility.
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