The Ocean Institutes’ goals are to close gaps that hinder scientific discoveries, and to convey discoveries expeditiously into the public realm.
To build bridges between different scientific disciplines, the Ocean Institutes will bring together the best minds across the full spectrum of oceanographic and other relevant fieldsto catalyze innovative thinking and collaboration that can open up wholly new scientific vistas.
The Ocean Institutes’ concurrent mission is to shorten the lag time between acquiring knowledge and making it accessible to decision-makers who can use it to save lives, stimulate economic growth, and enhance our quality of life.
And finally, the Ocean Institutes provide a necessary impetus of private resources, over and above traditional governmental support, to launch high-risk, high-reward research that would not otherwise get off the groundor in the water.
Coastal Ocean InstituteAnd Rinehart Coastal Research Center
The Coastal Ocean Institute and Rinehart Coastal Research
Center promotes scientific inquiry into the phenomena that
shape our coastal waters and ecosystems. Through grant programs,
scientific gatherings, and state-of-the-art facilities, the
Institute encourages innovative, interdisciplinary research
and high-risk technology development to improve our understanding
of the fundamental processes at work in the coastal ocean.
COI strives to translate the results of this basic research
for citizens and policymakers, while providing a solid information
base for better resource management.
The clues to understanding our planet's inner workings lie beneath the oceans.
Deep Ocean Exploration InstituteInvestigating Earth's Dynamic Processes
The Deep Ocean Exploration Institute (DOEI) seeks to understand how Earth works. The Institute’s goal is to promote interdisciplinary investigations of planetary processes occurring in the deep oceans and within the planet’s interior. These processes help to regulate the chemistry of the oceans, determine the nature of magmatic activity observed on Earth’s surface, and impact microbiological, chemical, and geological processes that shape the Earth and affect its inhabitants. Development of technology that provides access to the seafloor for exploration of the dynamic regions below it is a key component of the Institute's activities. Through deep ocean exploration, the Institute seeks scientific discoveries that provide a fuller understanding of the planet for the benefit of humankind.
Ocean and Climate Change Institute
The Ocean and Climate Change Institute:
identifies the climatic effects of changing ocean circulation
develops an ocean-monitoring network to forecast climate changes
examines past records to expand understanding of ocean behavior
studies ocean dynamics that may trigger large, abrupt climate shifts
evaluates the ocean’s response to the buildup of greenhouse gases
The oceans store a thousand times more heat than the atmosphere. They circulate this heat around the planet in shifting patterns that dramatically affect world and regional climateson time scales ranging from days (storms and hurricanes), to seasons (monsoons), to years (El Niños), to centuries (“little ice ages”).
A DIVE TO SURVIVEA North Atlantic right whale dives in search of food near Grand Manan Island in the Bay of Fundy, Canada. (Photo by Michael Moore, WHOI)
Ocean Life Institute
The Ocean Life Institute is one of four ocean institutes WHOI established in 2000 that encompass areas of significant concern to the public and policymakers. The Institutes' goals are to close gaps that hinder scientific discoveries and to convey discoveries expeditiously into the public realm.
The Ocean Life Institute's mission is to launch high-risk, high-reward research that would not otherwise get off the groundor in the water. The OLI builds bridges between different scientific disciplines to catalyze innovative thinking and collaboration that can open up wholly new scientific vistas.A center of action and source of information about the ocean, the OLI focuses its activity on research themes. It convenes meetings of key scientists and leaders from academia, government, and industry to delve into oceanographic research issues that have significant bearing on society. These experts assess our current state of knowledge on the issues, identify what we need to know and how we can best attain that knowledge, explore the consequences of various plans of action, and inspire necessary and promising areas of further research.