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Research Vessel Wecoma

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Ship Operations, R/V Wecoma  (Oregon State University)

Research Focus & Anticipated Benefits

The Research Vessel Wecoma is owned by the National Science Foundation and operated by Oregon State University (OSU) as a part of the University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS) fleet. UNOLS brings academic institutions and National Laboratories involved in oceanographic research to coordinate the schedules of oceanographic ships and research facilities.

The Wecoma, an intermediate-size ship, was built in 1975 and underwent a mid-life refit and general upgrade in 1993-1994. It features specialized oceanographic research equipment including wet and dry labs and a CTD system (an instrument package with cylindrical sampling bottles and instruments for measuring the conductivity, temperature and depth of water). The Wecoma can accommodate 18 researchers and a crew of 13.

Education & Outreach

The Wecoma provides educational and at-sea research opportunities for graduate, and occasionally undergraduate, students. Two "teachers at sea" were also able to participate in a past research cruise. Wecoma also hosts tours for students from Oregon schools and open houses for the public, including participation in the Hatfield Marine Science Center's annual "HMSeaFest." A variety of researchers associated with the Wecoma have been featured in articles in Oregon and Washington newspapers as well as on TV and radio news. The Wecoma web site tracks the vessels daily progress and provides insight into the science being done on the vessel.

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