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Woods Hole Sea Grant Strategic Plan

Woods Hole Sea Grant is based at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI). WHOI is the largest independent oceanographic research laboratory in the world, established in 1930 with a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation following the recommendations of a National Academy of Science committee. Nearly 50 percent of the Institution’s current operating budget of $127 million is supported by federal research grants, awarded through a competitive process.

Most of the Institution's investigators are based in five science departments: Applied Ocean Physics and Engineering, Biology, Geology and Geophysics, Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry, and Physical Oceanography. Economists and other social scientists at WHOI's Marine Policy Center assess current national and international oceanic issues, serving as a link between public policy and scientific research.

WHOI maintains close collaborations with the National Marine Fisheries Service’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center, and, through its own Cooperative Institute for Climate and Ocean Research (CICOR), other NOAA Cooperative Institutes throughout the U.S., including the Cooperative Institute for Coastal and Estuarine Environmental Technology (CICEET), located at the University of New Hampshire. Further interactions with NOAA can be seen in the Coastal Training Program, a partnership between Woods Hole Sea Grant, Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management, and the Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve.

Last updated: June 24, 2014

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