Understanding the ocean.
For our planet and our future.

#KnowYourOcean

No matter where you live, the ocean affects your life.

50%

of the oxygen from photosynthesis is produced in the ocean

44%

of Earth's population lives within 150km (100 miles) of a coast

90%

of international trade travels by ship

95%

of the ocean is unexplored by humans

90%

of heat from global warming has been absorbed by the ocean

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For nearly a century, WHOI has been one of the best known and most trusted names in ocean science and exploration. Become a part of the research that shapes our understanding of the ocean, our planet, and life on Earth.

“The strength of WHOI's science is in its people.”

- Henry Bryant Bigelow, founding director of WHOI, 1930-1940.