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Facilities

School for Marine Science & Technology (SMAST) facilities‌

smast directions new bedfordFacilities are located in New Bedford, MA and Fairhaven, MA. Research is conducted at the school's two-story, 32,000-square-foot New Bedford building, with docking facilities on Clark's Cove, Buzzards Bay. Research is also conducted across the harbor in Fairhaven at the AT&T building. SMAST faculty, research associates, graduate students, and administrative staff are housed at both facilities.

In addition, SMAST’s institutional facilities support research activities across the board.

Optic Acoustic Test Tank
  • A 90,00 gallon underwater optic and acoustic test tank.
  • A 2,200 square-foot seawater research lab with plentiful raw, filtered, heated or chilled seawater.
  • A greenhouse for the growth and long-term maintenance of aquatic photosynthetic organisms under natural light.
  • Three temperature-controlled rooms for long-term behavioral and physiological experiments and acclimation of marine organisms for culture and reproduction.
  • Fifteen research laboratories.
  • SMAST research vessel Lucky LadyThe R/V Lucky Lady, a 50-foot, diesel-powered research boat with winch and wire for sampling.
  • A docking pier extended into Clark's Cove, permitting the loading and unloading of vessels and shallow-water sampling, and housing the pumping station that supplies water to the seawater research lab.
  • A two-story, 32,000-square-foot building on Clark's Cove, which provides access to Buzzards Bay, and a suite of offices across New Bedford Harbor in Fairhaven.
  • Classroom equipment for video conferencing and live distance learning.

For more information, contact: Eric Lyonnais, Facilities Manager, at 508-910-6304 or elyonnais@umassd.edu.

SMAST labs, research groups, & other facilitiesFishing Boat

  • Unmanned underwater vehicles are used to measure temperature, salinity, oxygen and other parameters as they ply the oceans, sometimes for weeks per mission. ‌
  • Coastal radar measures surface waves on fishing grounds hundreds of kilometers off shore.
  • A dedicated supercomputer performs modeling runs of ocean and climate scenarios that represent years of real time.
  • Sea floor video equipment surveys the entire Northwest Atlantic sea scallop resource.
  • Estuarine and ocean equipment take samples from the marine environment that are analyzed ashore by mass spectrometers and an array of auxiliary instrumentation. 

‌The New Bedford facility houses

 

‌The Fairhaven facility houses

Photos courtesy Alexey Sergeev

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