To facilitate the scientific work of the staff working in the center, the ICM also provides various technical services.


Research support services

Chemical analysis.
This service carries out routine determinations in chemical oceanography and water quality control, mainly dealing with inorganic nutrients, dissolved organic carbon, and total nitrogen and phosphorus.
Service's web

Flow cytometry.
Flow cytometry is used to detect and enumerate viruses, bacteria and small phototrophic and non-phototrophic protists in marine and freshwater environments. It is also used to analyze the viability of organisms with fluorescent physiological probes and to separate populations that have previously been labelled radioactively. In the last ten years it has been used to analyze over 60,000 samples of aquatic environments worldwide.

Biological reference collections.
These collections contain more than 1800 species of fish, crustaceans and cephalopods from all over the world and are a reference for taxonomic and faunistic studies. Queries on all the inventoried species can be made on site or through the internet.
Service's web

Geological collections.
These include the Collection of Seismic Reflection Profiles obtained over a period of more than 20 years through various systems (sediment profilers, side-scan sonar, etc.) and the Collection of Marine Sediment Cores, with samples from continental margins and basins surrounding the Iberian peninsula and island areas, and from areas of Antarctica, the Atlantic and the Pacific.
Service's web

This service advises the working groups on the acquisition and installation of oceanographic instruments, and participates in their design or construction. In addition, it maintains the existing equipment and calibrates the oceanographic measuring instruments using the Experimentation and Calibration Tank with 70,000 liters of seawater.
Service's web

Electron microscopy.
The ICM has two scanning electron microscopes, a conventional one (SEM ) and a variable pressure one (VPSEM). Both are equipped with backscattered and secondary electron detectors. The VPSEM has an energy-dispersive detector for performing X-ray microanalysis and a cryo-SEM for studying cryofixed samples. The laboratory also contains the equipment necessary for sample preparation.
Service's web

Coastal Ocean Observatory.
This facility is dedicated to the acquisition, management and real-time display of time series of oceanographic parameters. The scientific instruments of the observatory include current meters (speed and direction), temperature, salinity, turbulence and pressure sensors, a EUMETCast receiving station in collaboration with the UTM, two video-monitoring stations, a weather station and a small boat.
Service's web

Area of Aquariums and Experimental Chambers (ZAE).
One of the most modern facilities in the Mediterranean area, this area is designed to hold various kinds of aquatic organisms and to facilitate research in different aspects of their biology. It occupies an area of 650 m2 and consists of a machine room, several rooms with aquariums, eleven thermoregulated chambers, a wet laboratory and a dry laboratory. The water is obtained from an underwater intake 300 meters from the coast at 10 m depth. A storage tank of 7000 liters can be used to work with water from other areas. The facility is computer-controlled and monitored 24 hours a day by a system of sensors connected to alarms. The Mediterranean water can be customized to different treatments of filtration, temperature and salinity and can be supplied to 150 aquariums with capacities of 15 to 5000 liters. The controllable environmental variables are light intensity and photoperiod, dissolved oxygen and nutrients. All this makes possible to simulate a wide range of aquatic environmental conditions from subpolar to tropical habitats.
Service's web


Communication and documentation services

Outreach Area.
This Area organizes activities addressed to adults and children, such as Open Days and the World Ocean Day. It prepares travelling exhibitions and educational material for schools, and works as a connection between scientists and the press. It also maintains a web portal aimed at the general public, ICMDivulga, which offers information on research projects carried out at the ICM, the oceanographic cruises in which its researchers take part, the latest results of the scientific work and the dissemination activities carried out by the Institute.
Outreach web (in spanish)

The Library is open to the public and forms part of the CSIC's library network. It houses one of the largest collections of scientific literature on oceanography and marine sciences in Spain, with a deposit of about 8300 books and 1800 journals, 500 of which current subscriptions. It also offers access to 9000 electronic journals.
Library's web

Scientia Marina journal.
The ICM, together with the CSIC Publications Service, publishes the international journal Scientia Marina, which is dedicated to marine sciences and oceanography. It was first published in 1955 under the name Investigación Pesquera. It publishes original papers on marine research and monographs on the following areas: physical and chemical oceanography, geology, biology and ecology, engineering, coastal management and fisheries. The volumes are also available online. Of all the journals that are published in Spain, Scientia Marina is one of the few that is listed in the Science Citation Index.
Journal web


Serveis generals

The ICM also offers general services that provide support for everything related to research activity. All general services are shared with the Marine Technology Unit.

Computer Service web (only for internal users)
Maintenance Service web (only for internal users)
Reprographic Service web (only for internal users)