wave tank demo

Chase Ocean Engineering Laboratory 

The public is invited to visit the Jere A. Chase Ocean Engineering Laboratory on UNH's Durham campus. The building's facilities include a 20-foot-deep engineering tank and a 120-foot-long wave tank. Cutting-edge research installations include a telepresence console that connects researchers with scientists at sea and the Visualization Lab's panoramic display. Most importantly, staff are recognized as leaders in their fields and are happy to talk about their research, which spans such topics as the behavior of whales underwater, the remains of the WWI German fleet off the coast of Scotland, 3D visualization, ship tracking and, of course, mapping the ocean floor.

Interested in touring the facility? Please email

Some of the tour components offered include:

  • A tour of the High Bay: including ROV’s, buoys, the deep tank, the wave tank (typically lasts 20-60 mins, depending on interests)
  • The Telepresence Console (typically lasts 15-30 mins)
  • For small groups, a tour of the Data Visualization Lab (typically lasts 15-30 mins)
  • Interactive Great Bay Flow Touch Exhibit/Weather Wall (time here depends on number of people in your group)

Topics of interest for speakers/presentations (talks typically last 20-60 mins, depending on interest):

  • The Law of the Sea
  • Data Visualization: Whales
  • Data Visualization: The Chart of the Future
  • The GEBCO program
  • AUVs/ROVs
  • Seafloor Mapping

Jackson Estuarine Laboratory (JEL)

The public is also invited to tour the Jackson Estuarine Laboratory. JEL has a full analytical laboratory to study water quality, and labs dedicated to sedimentology, animal physiology and behavior, shellfish/seafloor ecology, microbiology, phycology (study of benthic algae), tidal marsh ecology, and seagrass ecology. In addition, flowing estuarine water is provided to a wet lab, greenhouse, and outdoor facilities to support the study of estuarine plants and animals. A fleet of small research vessels is based at JEL, including five outboard powered boats ranging from a 12-foot skiff to a 22-foot center console. Facilities include a pier with a 2,000-pound crane and a floating dock with slip spaces for four boats. To schedule a tour contact David Shay, assistant director for Marine Facilities and Operations, School of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering, at or (603) 862-5127.