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The HROV will operate in two modes; as an autonomous, or free-swimming, vehicle for wide area surveys (left) and as a tethered, or cabled, vehicle for sampling and other tasks. Transformation will take place on the ship's deck, and in each of the two modes the HROV will spend up to 36 hours doing work to better understand the deepest areas of the oceans. (Illustration by Jack Cook, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

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Researchers from WHOI and the University of Hawaii used an abandoned submarine telephone cable to create the first long-term, deep-ocean observatory called the Hawaii-2 Observatory, or H2O. (Illustration by Jayne Doucette, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

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R/V Tioga leaves Woods Hole with Sentry on deck. (Photo by John Dyke, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

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Nurturing Innovation

The unique partnership of science and engineering at WHOI is taking full advantage of technological advances. Some examples include:
  • Laboratory on a Ship: Miniaturized sensors and digital imagery developed at WHOI now allow in situ, real-time analysis of chemical and biological measurements that previously took months in shore-based laboratories.
  • Eyes in the Ocean: Development at WHOI of new generations of vehicles, like the Replacement Human Occupied Vehicle (RHOV), the deep-diving Hybrid Remotely Operated Vehicles (HROV), and Sentry, will allow even the most remote part of the seafloor to be explored and studied.
  • Continuous Monitoring: Moored buoys and seafloor observatories, like those used at the Martha’s Vineyard Coastal Observatory and off Hawaii, now allow us to observe the oceans continuously over many months or years, regardless of weather.

Support for Research and Development are in the following areas

Ocean Science Venture Fund
  • Support ship time for high-risk or innovative research, for instrument testing and evaluation, and for exploratory research in remote locations
  • Support for development of innovative analysis and visualization techniques for data collected from ships, vehicles, or observatories
  • Support for scientists and engineers, graduate students, and postdoctoral scholars to participate in sea-going research
Ocean Technology Venture Fund
  • See money for scientists and engineers to develop new approaches for sea-going research, and for the collection and interpretation of data from new sensors and instrumentation
  • Support for the development and testing of new vehicles or ocean observing systems, or for enhancement of existing systems that will provide scientists with new capabilities to do research at sea
  • Support for development, testing, or purchase of new sensors or equipment that will enhance the capabilities of WHOI’s ships and underwater vehicles
R/V Tioga Fund
  • Support of ship time for conducting research from Tioga
  • Purchase of equipment that will enhance the scientific and technical capabilities to Tioga
  • Fund dedicated cruises for students on Tioga to introduce them to marine instrumentation and sea-going research


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Last updated February 13, 2007
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