Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union

Center for ocean dating approved



The National Science Foundation will spend up to $5.4 million over 3 years to establish a center dedicated to the rapid isotopic analysis of water from the world's oceans. The national facility will be located at Woods Hole Oceanographie Institution on Cape Cod, Mass, and is expected to open in the summer of 1990.

The purpose of the center, according to an NSF statement, is to provide around-theclock age analyses of oceanographie samples from around the world. The demand for quick, accurate dating of sea water is expected to rise sharply during the next decade as a result of new international research programs on the causes and effects of climate change and NSF's own Global Geoscience Initiative, the statement said. The Woods Hole facility will be able to process 4500 samples a year.