Ocean Institutes

Four institutes, one approach to interdisciplinary oceanography

The Ocean Institutes bring together the best minds in oceanography, engineering and related fields to foster innovative thinking and launch interdisciplinary initiatives in ocean science. These initiatives tackle many of society's greatest issues, including climate change, sustaining and conserving ocean ecosystems, and responding to disasters. The Institutes provide seed funding for these high-risk, high-reward projects. They also nurture rich graduate and post-doctoral education experiences for future leaders in oceanography, and serve as a public resource for science information.

Institute Initiatives

The Catalyst Program

The Catalyst Program supports the design and execution of new, cutting-edge scientific initiatives at WHOI.


View the archive of Ocean Institute Initiatives.

News & Highlights

River Quest

OCEANUS MAGAZINE—Scientists sample the world's rivers to assess the planet's health.

Tracking Toxic Chemicals

OCEANUS MAGAZINE—Joint Program student Karin Lemkau tracks the fate of oil after a spill off the California coast.

Support High-Reward Research

Thanks to private philanthropy, the Institutes provide critical funding to conduct high-risk, high-reward science.  Make a gift today »

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80 Days in Greenland

The 2012 field season coincided with extensive melting across the Greenland ice sheet.