A state of the art well-based sea water system allows for manipulations of water quality and in particular, simulating thermal and pH changes, as projected to occur in tropical and sub-tropical systems while simulating present and past conditions.
The intellectual merit of the system is the result of the interplay between the ability to conduct field work and laboratory experiments on site at KML rather than transport specimens back to the home laboratory, placing the specimens at risk of loss. Because of the inclusion of large volume tanks, ecosystem research can be conducted with side by side mesocosm experiments at the same time. The design allows research to be conducted applying the best practices and protocols providing publishable results that can be compared to similar research completed elsewhere. Water can be distributed from our 1700 gallon tanks to any combination of 20 experimental tables in 4 combinations of pH and temperature. Experimental tanks range from 40 gallons to 750 gallons and provide replicate tanks to accommodate research design.
The system is maintained and managed by an onsite KML science staff member with two scientists as backup. In this way, there is 24/7 coverage for the system and can be attended to at any time to insure experimental integrity. The new system provides a basis for research on tropical and sub-tropical species and systems with results that can be compared with research conducted elsewhere. Effluent is sterilized via UV before being discharged back into the ocean.
The Baywater system, Wetlab Pavilion, and The Shallows are temporarily closed for a NSF funded infrastructure improvement project currently underway at KML. Expected reopening Summer 2021. Check here for more information.