Okinawa Marine Science Center


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What is OMSC?

The Okinawa Marine Science Center (OMSC) is a Research Confederation hostedby the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST).

The OMSC will be comprised of Member-groups: a Member-group is a PI, or group of PIs, their research staff and students, who come from a single institution.


The goal of OMSC is to establish a Center of Excellence in Marine Science at OIST by taking advantage of the unique Okinawan environment such as coral reefs, deep-sea hydrothermal vents, the Black Current (Kuroshio), mangroves and the world-class research resources (facility, equipment and human resources) at OIST.


The OMSC will be established with oversight from the OIST Dean of Research, working alongside with the OIST Marine Science International Advisory Board (IAB), to form a relatively small (<10) number of founding Member-groups.

OIST Dean of Research
Dr. Mary Collins

International Advisory Board (IAB) Members

Member Name Affliation
Amatzia Genin The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Russell Hill (Chairperson) Univ. Maryland Ctr. Environ. Science
Louis Legendre Sorbonne Universites, UPMC, Univ. Paris 06
Stephen Monismith Stanford University
Mutsumi Nishida University of Ryukyus
David Siegel University of California, Santa Barbara
Mitchell Sogin Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole

(as of September 1, 2016)

World Class Research Resources

OMSC Member-groups will benefit from having access to the outstanding array of research facilities and equipment available at OIST, including;

-the Marine Center in Laboratory 3, Main Campus
-the OIST Marine Science Station
-the Okinawa Marine Observatory Systems
-genome sequencers
-high powered microscopes
-high performance computing
-mid-sized research vessel (in discussion)

OIST Marine Science Station (Marine Station)

The onshore marine facility at Seragaki Port, located near the main campus of OIST, will accommodate researchers who need to collect marine species locally and to maintain them alive for prolonged periods. This facility will serve both OIST and non-OIST scientists, enabling controlled experiments on coral responses to changing physical, and chemical conditions.

Okinawa Marine Observatory Systems

To enable continuous, real-time monitoring of Okinawan coral reef ecosystems, two cabled, ocean-observing systems have been installed.

Physical, biological, and chemical variables are monitored and underwater cameras designed for plankton monitoring have been installed to capture temporal variations.

Water samples are collected several times every month and stored in order to determine the accuracy of underwater sensors and process samples in the laboratory. Collaborators are permitted to bring their own sensors and OIST will connect them and carry out maintenance. Data storage is available, thereby allowing OIST to be an excellent testing site for ocean observing instruments.

Contact: Okinawa Marine Science Support Section
1919-1, Tancha, Onna-son, Okinawa 904-0495, JAPAN
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