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Areas of Research

WHOI maintains unparalleled depth and breadth of expertise across a range of oceanographic research areas. Institution scientists and engineers work collaboratively within and across six research departments to advance knowledge of the global ocean and its fundamental importance to other planetary systems. At the same time, they also train future generations of ocean scientists and address problems that have a direct impact in efforts to understand and manage critical marine resources.

Climate & Ocean

Climate & Ocean

The global ocean is one of the primary actors in Earth's vast, interconnected climate system.

» Labs & programs
» Ocean & Climate Change Institute
» Testimonies & briefings
» Ocean topics

Coastal Science

Coastal Science

The narrow region where land and ocean meet is among the most complex and dynamic parts of Earth.

» Labs & programs
» Coastal Ocean Institute
» Ocean topics

Hazards

Hazards

Many natural hazards we experience on land have their root in the ocean.

» Labs & programs
» Testimonies & briefings
» Ocean topics

Ocean Chemistry

Ocean Chemistry

The chemistry of the ocean is both a tool to understand its inner workings and a reason why life exists on Earth.

» Labs & programs
» Ocean topics

Ocean Circulation

Ocean Circulation

Currents and circulation systems make the global ocean a singular, interconnected part of our planet.

» Labs & programs
» Ocean topics

Ocean Life

Ocean Life

From microbes to whales, life in the ocean is diverse, complex, and often beautiful.

» Labs & programs
» Ocean Life Institute
» Testimonies & briefings
» Ocean topics

Ocean Resources & Policy

The global ocean is one of the primary actors in Earth's vast, interconnected climate system.

» Labs & programs
» Testimonies & briefings
» Ocean topics

Polar Research

Polar Systems

The global ocean is one of the primary actors in Earth's vast, interconnected climate system.

» Labs & programs
» Ocean topics

Pollution

Pollution

When human activity in the ocean goes awry, ocean science can help explain possible impacts.

» Labs & programs
» Testimonies & briefings
» Ocean topics

Seafloor & Below

Seafloor & Below

The global ocean is one of the primary actors in Earth's vast, interconnected climate system.

» Labs & programs
» Deep Ocean Exploration Institute
» Testimonies & briefings
» Ocean topics

Tools & Technology

Tools & Technology

The specialized equipment scientists use to study the ocean is a critical part of what we have been able to learn.

» Labs & programs
» Center for Marine Robotics
» Ocean topics

Underwater Archaeology

Underwater Archaeology

The global ocean is one of the primary actors in Earth's vast, interconnected climate system.

» Labs & programs
» Ocean topics