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Physical Oceanography Dept.

July 25, 2014

A Mooring in Iceberg Alley

Fjords may link warming oceans and melting glaciers

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
July 18, 2014

A Drop in the Ocean

Scientist pioneered tracer to reveal hidden ocean flows

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
March 19, 2014

Jet Stream Gets Fish in Hot Water

Ocean 'heat wave' linked to shift in atmospheric current

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
March 13, 2014

Detours on the Oceanic Highway

Student examines leaks from a great deep-sea current

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
March 6, 2014

A Buoy's Long Strange Trip

An oceanographic instrument drifts from the Arctic to Ireland

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
February 6, 2014

Message Bottled in an Email

A long-lost legacy of ocean research resurfaces

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
January 15, 2014

What Causes the Atlantic to Bloom?

Scientists find surprising trigger for spring plant growth

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
December 23, 2013

WHOI Scientists Garner Awards in 2013

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
February 22, 2013

The Synergy Project, Part II

More videos on collaborations among artists and scientists

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
February 15, 2013

The Synergy Project

A co-laboratory experiment among scientists and artists

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
Storms
November 1, 2012

Storms, Floods, and Droughts

The cycle that transports water around the Earth is intensifying

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
water cycle
October 12, 2012

Calculating Evaporation from the Ocean

Scientists strive to unravel a mix of dynamic factors

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
sea surface temperature maps
October 11, 2012

Scientists Uncover Diversion of Gulf Stream Path in Late 2011

Warmer waters flowed to shelfbreak south of New England

SOURCE: News Release
July 20, 2012

A Robotic Albatross?

Soaring seabirds offer lessons on glider technology

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
Satellite image of North Atlantic
July 5, 2012

Scientists Discover New Trigger for Immense North Atlantic Ocean Spring Plankton Bloom

Ocean eddies help jump-start plankton blooms that spread across hundreds of square miles

SOURCE: News Release
June 7, 2012

Beneath Arctic Ice, Life Blooms Spectacularly

Pools of water atop ice act as lenses to focus sunlight

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
March 23, 2012

A Newfound Cog in the Ocean Conveyor

Scientists confirm existence of a previously unknown current

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
March 9, 2012

Lessons from the 2011 Japan Quake

What have scientists learned about its cause and consequences?

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
February 14, 2012

The Great South Channel

Where marine life meets to feast every spring

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
January 25, 2012

Powerful Currents in Deep-Sea Gorges

What energy drives these currents in hundreds of seafloor Grand Canyons?

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
November 10, 2011

Between the Beach and the Deep Blue Sea

Student explores the dynamic gateway of the shallow inner shelf

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
August 11, 2011

The Ghost Mooring

WHOI engineers find equipment lost in the Antarctic a decade ago

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
May 13, 2011

Another Piece in the Arctic Puzzle

Latest Ice-Tethered Profiler installed to monitor polar conditions

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
April 28, 2011

Where Ocean and Ice Meet

An audio slideshow on working in Greenland's glacial fjords

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
March 23, 2011

Gliders Tracked Potential for Oil to Reach the East Coast

Finding the location shifting Gulf Loop Current was critical

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
March 17, 2011

Of Wings, Waves, and Winds

WHOI oceanographer explores the mysteries of albatross flight

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
February 25, 2011

When 'The Fish Are Biting' Is Bad News

Researchers found cause of mysterious damage to mooring lines

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
February 1, 2011

Where the Food Is in the Sea, and Why

Student unravels the physics at the fertile continental shelf break

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
January 19, 2011

Exploring the Arctic in the Midst of Change

The polar region's distinctive feature also makes it hard to study: ice

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
December 10, 2010

Building Them Tough, Bringing Them Back

WHOI's pioneering Buoy Group celebrates its 50th anniversary

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
November 24, 2010

WHOI Engineer Turns Author

An audio slideshow: New book chronicles fateful expedition

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
October 29, 2010

The Icebot

A video documents expedition to use robots under Arctic ice

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
August 25, 2010

Boy Scouts Get a Taste of Oceanography

WHOI engineer helps Scouts earn merit badges at national Jamboree

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
June 18, 2010

The Call of the Sea

An ocean engineer-turned-businessman returned to WHOI and the work he loves most

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
June 18, 2010

Basic Sea Cable Gets a High-tech Upgrade

WHOI engineer's discovery will help scientists track undersea contaminants from Gulf oil spill

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
March 25, 2010

Mysteries at High Latitudes

A WHOI graduate student explores tip jets and deep convection

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
February 4, 2010

Into the Wild Irminger Sea

WHOI ship, scientists, and crew probe strategic oceanic gateway

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
October 9, 2009

Floats Reveal Unknown Ocean Pathways

The North Atlantic's circulation is more complex than previously thought

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
February 20, 2009

As the World Turns and the Oceans Flow

In his lab, Jack Whitehead gets to the essence of complex phenomena

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
January 9, 2009

Ocean Conveyor's 'Pump' Switches Back On

How will climate warming affect ocean circulation? The answer isn't so simple.

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
December 23, 2008

What Makes the Great Ocean Currents Flow?

Audio slideshow: A graduate student explores the Gulf Stream and the Kuroshio

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
October 7, 2008

The Ultimate Fluid Environment for Scientists

An audio slideshow celebrates the 50th year of the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Program at WHOI

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
September 25, 2008

'Green' Energy Powers Undersea Glider

Thermal glider uses heat from the ocean to fly through the deep blue

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
September 17, 2008

The Spiral Secret to Mammal Hearing

... and other recent research findings by WHOI scientists

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
September 11, 2008

Corralling the Wild and Wooly Southern Ocean

Graduate student creates supercomputer model to tame a vast, remote ocean

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
November 30, 2007

OceanInsights for the Blind

WHOI scientist creates a bond with visually impaired students

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
October 25, 2007

A New Way to Monitor Changes in the Arctic

Ice-Tethered Profilers go with the floe, relaying daily data from the ice-covered ocean

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
September 24, 2007

A Warm Eddy Swirling in the Cold Labrador Sea

A conversation with WHOI physical oceanographer Amy Bower

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
June 27, 2007

The Ocean—Captured in a Box

An "experimentalist" encapsulates ocean fluid dynamics in the lab

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
March 30, 2007

Measuring Raindrops in the Ocean

A quest to engineer sensitive but tough meteorological instruments for buoys at sea

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
March 27, 2007

Letter from Kangiqsujuaq

A mooring in the remote Hudson Strait offers a finger on the pulse of unfolding Arctic change

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
March 15, 2007

Current Events off Antarctica

Graduate student helps discover a previously unknown ocean current

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
February 8, 2007

Why the West Wind Wobbles

Are changes in wintertime climate random or predictable?

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
January 31, 2007

Reaching Up Into Perilous, Icy Waters

The 'Arctic Winch' sends sensors toward the underside of sea ice—and back again

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
January 26, 2007

A Mooring Built to Survive the Irminger Sea

It takes a tough buoy to stand tall when tip jets howl off the Greenland ice cap

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
July 27, 2006

Chilly Scenes of Winter off Cape Cod

What happens in the coastal ocean when the winds blow and the waters cool?

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
argo floats
February 3, 2006

Float 312, Where Are You?

In one week, people found two rarely seen ocean instruments

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
January 27, 2006

Under-ice Floats Offer a ‘Breakthrough’

New instrument proves its mettle in an icy ocean

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
map
January 23, 2006

Is Global Warming Changing the Arctic?

And will polar changes trigger climate shifts beyond the Arctic?

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
August 26, 2005

Where Currents Collide

Nineteen days at sea in the 'graveyard of the Atlantic'

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
Joe Pedlowsky
June 7, 2005

Fathoming the Ocean Without Ever Going to Sea

A conversation with physical oceanographer Joe Pedlosky

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
A Glide Across  the Gulf Stream
March 24, 2005

A Glide Across the Gulf Stream

The remote-controlled Spray glider takes historic steps toward a new era of ocean exploration

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
Geoffrey
December 1, 2003

Geoffrey "Jake" Gebbie

MIT/WHOI Joint Program, Physical Oceanography

SOURCE: WHOI.edu
Jayne
February 20, 2003

Two WHOI Scientists Honored by Office of Naval Research

SOURCE: News Release
Fornari
October 19, 2001

Two WHOI Scientists Recognized with Endowed Positions

SOURCE: News Release
Outposts in the Ocean
January 1, 2000

Outposts in the Ocean

A global network of moored buoy observatories to track oceanic processes that affect our climate

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
Launching the Argo Armada
January 1, 2000

Launching the Argo Armada

Taking the ocean's pulse with 3,000 free-ranging floats

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
October 29, 1998

U.S. Navy Honors Two WHOI Scientists

SOURCE: News Release
A New Way to Catch the Rain
December 1, 1997

A New Way to Catch the Rain

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
Monsoon Winds and Carbon Cycles in the Arabian Sea
December 1, 1997

Monsoon Winds and Carbon Cycles in the Arabian Sea

One of the most significant natural phenomena that influences the everday life of more than 60 percent of the world's population

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
Adventure in the Labrador Sea
April 1, 1997

Adventure in the Labrador Sea

A Wintertime Cruise to the North Atlantic

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
Computer Modelers Simulate Real and Potential Climate, Work Toward Prediction
December 1, 1996

Computer Modelers Stimulate Real and Potential Climate, Work Toward Prediction

Combining Equations and Data Pushes Computers' Limits

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
New Data on Deep Sea Turbulence Shed Light on Vertical Mixing
December 1, 1996

New Data on Deep Sea Turbulence Shed Light on Vertical Mixing

Rough Seafloor Topography has Far-Reaching Effect

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
Labrador Sea Water Carries Northern Climate Signal South
December 1, 1996

Labrador Sea Water Carries Northern Climate Signal South

Subpolar Signals Appears Years Later at Bermuda

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
North Atlantic's Transformation Pipeline Chills and Redistributes Subtropical Water
December 1, 1996

North Atlantic's Transformation Pipeline Chills and Redistributes Subtropical Water

But it's Not a Smooth Process And it Mightily Affects Climate

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
The Bermuda Station S ? A Long-Running Oceanographic Show
December 1, 1996

The Bermuda Station S—A Long-Running Oceanographic Show

Deeper Waters Show Warming Trend

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
If Rain Falls On the Ocean?Does It Make a Sound?
December 1, 1996

Rain Falls on the Ocean—Does It Make a Sound?

Fresh Water's Effect on Ocean Phenomena

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
Oceans & Climate
December 1, 1996

The Ocean's Role in Climate & Climate Change

The Ocean's Role in Climate & Climate Change

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine