Oregon State University

Marine Operations at College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences

West Coast Van Pool

UNOLS Shared-Use Lab Van

The WCVP was developed to support oceanographic research vessels of the UNOLS organization. This support is defined as providing portable laboratory meeting specific guidelines, which enable these labs to be used on all of the UNOLS vessels. There are two pools, one located on the west coast, one on the east coast. Funding for operating these two pools comes mainly from the National Science Foundation.

Types Of Portable Laboratories

  • General Purpose Labs
    This type of lab is set up to fill most extra laboratory space requirements. The labs include modular lab benches. The benches include a sink module and a fume hood module. These can be arranged to meet the mission requirements.
  • Isotope Labs
    This type of lab focuses on isotope laboratory requirements. To support the isotope requirements, each Isotope lab includes a LSC module. The remainder of the lab is setup similar to the General Purpose Lab.
  • Cold Labs
    This type of lab meets the specialized requirements for a cold laboratory. There are two refrigerator units to provide cooling for both the lab space and makeup air for the fume hood. Due to the large equipment require performing this task, there is less laboratory bench space. The unit includes a sink bench, a fume hood bench, and two small benches.

How to Schedule a Support Van

Determine if you will use the UNOLS West Coast Van Pool or the UNOLS East Coast Van Pool. If you will use the UNOLS East Coast Van Pool use this link UNOLS East Coast Van Pool. To schedule a lab from the West Coast Van Pool, contact the Marine Superintendent.