The Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) is found behind the coastal village of Onna-son, its buildings interwoven around un-disturbed mountain streams and a dense forest. OIST is composed of many research units, but none of them have as nice a view as our unit.
Within our offices at OIST, we have almost unlimited access to world class High Performance Computing (HPC) clusters which we use to run our ocean simulations among other computationally demanding research.
We have multiple lab spaces across the campus which provide us with areas to carry out various analyses all the way from the genetic to community scale. As part of OIST we also have access to equipment held by the various support sections such as confocal microscopes from the ‘Imaging Section’ and Next-Generation Sequencing services from the ‘Sequencing Section’.
Marine Science Station
A short distance from the main campus, along the coast is our new Marine Science Station (MSS). Here we have laboratories, offices, indoor and outdoor aquarium tank/wet lab areas. Seawater from a nearby inlet can be accessed at the turn of a handle across the indoor and outdoor wet lab areas to facilitate the long-term care of resident marine organisms.
The proximity of MSS to the coast gives us easy access to the nearby reefs and will play an important role in the deployment of coastal marine equipment and sensors. With such conveniently located amenities it will become possible to carry out extensive monitoring of the local reef’s health as well as recording oceanographic conditions over long time scales.