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Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center > Ocean Floor Samples Repository
Since 2002, the Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center’s Samples Repository (WHCMSC) has been supporting research by providing secure storage for geological, biological, and geochemical samples; maintaining organization and an active inventory of these sample collections; as well as by providing access to these collections for study and reuse.
Over the years, local storage facilities have changed, and collections management strategies have been adapted as collections have grown and research programs and focuses have shifted. Throughout these advances, the WHCMSC Samples Repository has remained committed to the preservation and organization of scientific samples and collections.
Completed in 2007, the K.O. Emery Geotechnical Wing was built as a storage solution to preserve geological, biological, and geochemical samples collected from marine, estuarine and coastal environments. We provide frozen and refrigerated storage, as well as ambient temperature storage conditions in our preparation area. We also provide core splitting and sample photography services for on-site research.
Policies and procedures developed for the preservation and distribution of sample collections in the Samples Repository have changed over the years as the collections have grown, and as awareness of collections management strategies and needs has improved. The WHCMSC Samples Repository is actively involved in the development of collections management plans and guidelines on local and national levels.
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Access the Samples Repository collections catalog. Search the inventory and download information on the collections. Search result downloads include customized metadata, and can be incorporated into a GIS.
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Buczkowski, B.J., and Kelsey, S.A., 2007, Archival Policies and Collections Database for the Woods Hole Science Center's Marine Sediment Samples: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2006-1187, Version 1.0. Find report here
The Geological Materials Repository Working Group, 2015, The USGS Geologic Collections Management System (GCMS) - A master catalog and collections management plan for the USGS Geologic Samples Collections: U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1410, 108p. Find report here.Sound Waves articles