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MESL Facilities

The Marine Environmental Studies Laboratory (MESL) in Monaco has expertise in the fields of marine analytical chemistry and pollution monitoring. In support of related activities, MESL maintains a suite of 11 laboratories equipped for the analysis of a wide range of potential pollutants. The facilities are used for the production of reference materials, analytical technique development, routine analysis of samples from regional contaminant surveys and for research, especially relating to biogeochemical cycling of mercury and climate change studies based on interpreting carbon-13:carbon-12 isotope ratios in lipid biomarkers. Finally, the laboratory facilities are also used to host regional training courses in the analysis of marine pollutants.